Dental waiting lists shorten
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.