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New Emergency Dental Service for Caithness

NHS Highland’s has secured approval from the Scottish Executive's Health Department for its proposals to establish a Caithness Emergency Dental Service.

A spokesman said today:
“We are delighted that the Scottish Executive has agreed to this proposal. The Caithness Emergency Dental Service (EDS) will be operational by the 26th January 2004. It will have the capacity for a total of 12 patients per day from Mondays to Fridays. This service will be provided by a dentist in Thurso and a dentist in Wick. All calls from unregistered patients dealt with through the Dental Helpline (0845 6442271) will be considered for emergency treatment by this service if required. The new service means that people who are currently having to travel to Inverness for emergency treatment will now be seen in the area. ”

He added:
“The Caithness Emergency Dental Service (EDS) is an excellent example of partnership working with the local community and the local dental practices. Unregistered patients in Caithness will benefit from this local access. The participating local dentists, along with patients, will be involved in evaluation of the service at the three month stage and we will all work to ensure that the new service is a success.”