Wide Bay Health den­ture ser­vice to im­prove?

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

PART of liv­ing in an iso­lated ru­ral com­mu­nity is deal­ing with the dif­fi­culty of ac­cess to spe­cialised health ser­vices.

Wide Bay Oral Health ser­vice pro­vides Monto with a pub­lic den­tal ser­vice one week per month.

Ac­cord­ing toWide Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice pub­lic health man­ager of oral health ser­vices Leanne Williams, there have been 258 ap­point­ments pro­vided for lo­cal res­i­dents at the Monto clinic, with a to­tal of 1031 items of ser­vice in 2016.

These ser­vices were re­opened due to pub­lic de­mand last year, hav­ing been un­avail­able for the pre­vi­ous five years.

But it is dif­fi­cult for Monto res­i­dents to ac­cess den­tal tech­ni­cian ser­vices, ne­ces­si­tat­ing a trip to Gayn­dah’s Den­tal Clinic for den­ture ser­vices.

These ser­vices are in some­what high de­mand due to the re­gion’s size­able aged pop­u­la­tion, with the Gayn­dah clinic hav­ing ser­viced 22 Monto pa­tients and 10 Eidsvold pa­tients in the past year.

Ac­cord­ing to MsWil­liams, the open­ing of the new oral health cen­tre in Bund­aberg may be the cat­a­lyst for ex­pan­sion of ru­ral oral health ser­vices in theWide Bay area.

“WBHHS an­tic­i­pates that more den­ture ser­vices will be of­fered to pa­tients at our ru­ral clin­ics, in­clud­ing Monto, in the fu­ture,” Ms Williams said.

Cur­rently, Monto res­i­dents in need of den­tal health ser­vice can call 4122 8626 to re­quest a toothache ap­point­ment or to be placed on the wait­ing list for gen­eral den­tal care.

Those in need of den­tal tech­ni­cian ser­vices are ad­vised to make ar­range­ments with Mid­night Pros­thet­ics Den­tal Lab­o­ra­tory in Gayn­dah by call­ing 4161 1454.

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