New Portree den­tal prac­tice wel­comed

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.’

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