Den­tal wait­ing lists shorten

Isis Town and Country - - News -

WAIT­ING times for Childers pub­lic pa­tients seek­ing den­tal treat­ment have dra­mat­i­cally fallen com­pared to last year, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the Wide Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice.

The lat­est fig­ures show Childers pub­lic pa­tients had waited an av­er­age of four months last month, com­pared to more than six years (77 months) around the same time last year.

In Bund­aberg, the av­er­age wait­ing time last month was 16 months, down from just over 10 years (124 months) in April last year.

Wide Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice chief ex­ec­u­tive Adrian Pen­ning­ton took the op­por­tu­nity dur­ing Na­tional Den­tal Health Week to praise den­tal clin­i­cal staff for their “out­stand­ing achieve­ments” in re­duc­ing wait­ing lists.

“Na­tional Den­tal Health Week is a great op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late WBHHS oral health staff whose hard work has led to wait­ing times fall­ing,” Mr Pen­ning­ton said.

“The long­est wait for a gen­eral den­tal ap­point­ment at any of the WBHHS oral health care clin­ics is now 16 months – with many pa­tients wait­ing less than a year. This im­prove­ment in den­tal care has seen wait times drop from pre­vi­ous highs in April 2013, when some pa­tients had been wait­ing for 12 years for a gen­eral den­tal ap­point­ment.

“It is the hard work of our den­tists, nurses, tech­ni­cians, ad­min­is­tra­tion team and other oral health staff that has achieved these great re­sults.”

The WBHHS Strate­gic Plan 2014–2017 out­lines a vi­sion for wait­ing list man­age­ment that will see no waits longer than 12 months from re­fer­ral to treat­ment for oral health ser­vices.

The Strate­gic Plan also iden­ti­fies health care pri­or­i­ties.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.