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North Burnett dental services expansion
celebrated on World Oral Health Day
THE Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services’ revitalisation of dental care across the North Burnett is well worth celebrating on World Oral Health Day (March 20th).
The waiting lists for general dental treatment at the Gayndah and Mundubbera clinics now stand at six and two months respectively, a significant improvement from April 2013 when oral health patients had waited more than four years to be seen.
At the Monto clinic, the return of a regular rural travelling dental team increased oral health services to the community and reduced general dental waiting lists from six years to just three months.
“The continued reduction in wait times for general dental treatment at the Gayndah, Mundubbera and Monto oral health clinics is great news for local patients,” WBHHS general manager of oral health Leanne Williams said.
“Patients are now receiving general dental treatment in a timely manner which is improving their general health and wellbeing.
“In the past the long general dental waiting list had discouraged many people from booking themselves for treatment, but the drop in waiting times has encouraged these people to make a booking and receive oral health care.”
The Gayndah and Mundubbera oral health teams have made such significant improvements in waiting times that they have now been able to book fee paying private patients at the clinics.
“So far this financial year the Gayndah and Mundubbera clinics have seen 26 fee paying patients,” Ms Williams said.
“The provision of care to these fee paying patients is giving access to treatment that was previously unavailable due to the lack of a private dentist in these rural communities.”
Chief Executive of the WBHHS Adrian Pennington praised the outstanding achievements of the oral health teams working in the North Burnett.
“The enthusiasm and dedication of the oral health staff working at the Gayndah, Monto and Mundubbera clinics has helped the WBHHS reduce general dental waiting times for local patients,” Mr Pennington said.
“The oral health team should be proud of what they have done to improve care to communities across the North Burnett and I congratulate them on the great outcomes they have achieved for local patients.”