New Portree dental practice welcomed
THE WAIT for dental care in Skye and Lochalsh is to be reduced with the opening of a new practice.
Portree Dental Care will be located in the same premises as NHS Highland’s public dental service clinic at Sraid An Eorna.
A significant number of patients from the health board clinic, principally those not prioritised as having additional needs, will now be transferred to the new dental practice. Portree Dental Care will be run by dentist Mr Zahid Ahmad, who has relocated to Skye with his family and will be joined at the practice by dentists Muhammad Anwar and Rana Osman.
Announcing the new service, Portree Dental Care said: ‘The practice offers predominantly NHS general dental services.
‘Our aim is ensuring affordable, accessible and quality routine dental care and emergency dental services for everyone in Portree and throughout Skye.
‘We have extended our opening hours to make it more convenient for all age groups.’
Recent difficulties in recruiting and retaining dentists at the public clinic resulted in a waiting list for appointments.
In a move to further reassure those patients being transferred, NHS Highland added: ‘You will be entitled to all the same NHS treatments you received with the public dental service team and if you pay for your NHS treatment, the same charges will apply.’
NHS Highland has prioritised appointments for those patients requiring emergency care and routine appointments for children, as well as adult patients with additional needs. Alex Fraser, NHS Highland’s dental service development manager, said: ‘This is great news. Our focus has always been to provide a sustainable and accessible dental service for people in north Skye that will help maintain and improve oral health. The new dental practice at Sraid An Eorna will help us do that.’