New Dental Centre Opens it's Doors

NHS Lothian’s new £1 million dental centre in Bonnyrigg has now opened its doors to patients and will be officially opened by Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing today (30 September). The state of the art centre will provide patients with a quick access, emergency dental facility.

A total of five new, purpose-built dental surgeries will be situated within the former Bonnyrigg Health Centre. Two of the surgeries will provide emergency and short courses of treatment for unregistered patients. The additional three surgeries will accept patients on referral for special care, frail older persons and paediatric services.

Robert Naysmith, Clinical Director, Community Dental Services, NHS Lothian said:

 

“I am delighted that we are now able to offer a walk-in, easy access, emergency dental service. A great deal of planning has gone into this service and it will be a vital addition to the community dental services we already provide.”
 

 

Charles Winstanley, Chair, NHS Lothian said:
 
“This is a significant investment in dental services in Midlothian which I am sure the local community will welcome. It demonstrates our commitment to providing more accessible dental services for patients in their own community.”
 
 
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon said:
 
"The new Bonnyrigg Dental Centre offers high quality NHS care and specialist dental services, right in the heart of the community. Not only do its five dental surgeries offer treatment for those not currently registered with an NHS dentist, but it also offers more training opportunities for the dental professionals who work here.
 
"The Scottish Government is committed to increasing access to NHS dental care and I'm pleased to say we've contributed more than £930,000 to this project.
 
"Just last month we announced a substantial investment of £75 million for new primary care facilities and upgrades, and the Bonnyrigg Dental Centre is a fine example of exactly the sort of accessible, modern facilities we'd like to see across the country."
 
Cllr Jack Aitchison, Midlothian Cabinet Member for Social Work and Health and also Chair of the Midlothian Health Improvement Partnership said:
 
“The local community welcomes the opening of this fantastic new facility which will enhance dental services in the area. Specialised dental care and equipment making use of the latest technology means that patients will receive high quality treatment during both routine and emergency appointments.”
 
Alan Livingstone, Contracts Manager at Morris & Spottiswood, the Scottish firm responsible for the £1 million pound refurbishment said:
 
“The entire project was delivered on schedule and within budget. The new dental facilities are outstanding and we are delighted to have been involved in creating such a state of the art offering for the Midlothian community.”
 
The Bonnyrigg Dental Centre will be staffed by approximately twenty dental professionals including dentists and dental care staff and supported by six administrative staff.
 
The new centre operates five days a week and is equipped with digital radiography and a decontamination unit for instruments.
 
The community mental health team also operate from another wing of the building, providing an out-of-hours service for patients in East and Midlothian.
 
The centre opened to patients earlier this month.
 
NHS Lothian has comprehensive emergency dental services available either at The Chalmers Street Dental Centre, or for children during the day at The Dental Institute, both in Edinburgh. The Chalmers Street Dental Centre is a walk-in service where patients are assessed and treatment arranged.
 
Patients who are resident in Lothian can also find the nearest NHS dentist and access urgent dental care by contacting the dental enquiry line on 0131 537 8444.

 

30/09/2008