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A new £4m dental institute has opened in Aberdeen that will offer NHS treatment to thousands of patients and provide outreach training to undergraduates.

Students from the University of Dundee Dental School will be invited to complete their outreach training at the centre. It will also offer further education facilities to dental professionals in Grampian.

The centre is based next to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and will house four dental surgeries as well as education facilities.

Lewis Macdonald, deputy health minister, said he hoped the project would encourage students at Dundee to stay on and work in the area after graduation. Speaking at the institute’s opening, Macdonald said: ‘The new dentists at the institute are expected to provide NHS dental services to 4,000 to 6,000 patients in the first 12 months. NHS Grampian anticipates around 4,000 new registrations over the first two years.

‘This is good news for the north-east and I’m delighted that the board of NHS Grampian is already considering expanding the service within the institute. The outreach centre will also provide better training to dental students who will learn to treat a much wider range of patients than ever before. With students spending more time in Aberdeen, more of them will be encouraged to continue working in the north east.

‘On top of that, the centre will also provide in-hours emergency treatment to thousands more people who are currently having problems accessing a dentist.’

Michael Wareham, the first patient to be treated at the institute, said: ‘It has been a Godsend for Aberdeen. It is a wonderful site and I have been treated very well by great students and supervisors. I hope all these students remain in Aberdeen now. I had to have an emergency extraction and they put me in touch with the new centre.’

The institute is part of a £30 million ‘teach and treat’ development programme which will see the opening of centres offering similar services in Kilmarnock, Dumfries, Perth, Inverness, Falkirk and Fife.

 Posted on : Mon 13th - Nov - 2006

 

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