Wide Bay Health denture service to improve?
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.