Highest number of dentists in NHS Lothian for ten years

The number of NHS dentists working in Lothian is at the highest level for ten years, according to newly released workforce data from the Information Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland.

NHS Lothian had 478 dentists in September 2006 - up 18% on the numbers working ten years ago (404). The number of salaried dentists has more than doubled over that time period – going from 15 in September 1996 to 37 in March 2007.

Colwyn Jones, Consultant in Dental Public Health, NHS Lothian, said:

“The steady increase in the number of dentists in Lothian over the last ten years reflects our local commitment to NHS dentistry. There has, and continues to be, major sustained investment in the provision of NHS dental services across Lothian. We must also acknowledge that the Scottish Executive has also helped with the introduction of various incentives and allowances available to dentists employed in all of our services.
“It is also important to note that NHS Lothian has comprehensive emergency dental services available for anyone in pain so children and adults will be seen quickly for emergency treatment 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 daytime walk-in service where patients are assessed and treatment arranged.
“Individuals 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.”