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Worst Dental Provisions in the Country

STRANRAER has one of the worst dental provisions in the country with all the NHS lists closed in the town and the private service in no better state.

But National Health Service officials hope that a unique pilot project in Stranraer will be the first step towards reversing that trend.

The six-week study, which should start shortly after the new year, will provide a dentist for every day of the week who can be contacted by unregistered patients in need of emergency treatment.

Four local dentists, Kenneth Barr, Gordon Wemyss, James Hunter of Newton Stewart and community dentist Heather Oliver all attended a meeting with medical director Dr Angus Cameron of the NHS Primary Care Trust last Thursday and agreed to sign up to the project.

At the meeting Cathy Rush, the director of dentistry in Highland one of the best dental regions, advised of ways to improve both the recruitment of dentists and the provision of emergency treatment.

The pilot study will involve the four local dentists working a rota system so that there is always one available for emergency cases, a problem which has plagued the west of the region for a number of years now as dentist numbers continue to dwindle.

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