MSP Hosts Meeting with NHS to Discuss Harris Dental Services

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A Member of the Scottish Parliament hosted a meting with the chief executive of NHS Western Isles, to discuss issues facing dental services in Harris.

Alasdair Allan, MSP for the Western Isles met with chief executive Gordon Jamieson to talk about the future of NHS dental services in Harris. The meeting was called in light of uncertainty facing the future of NHS dental care in the area. The previous surgery is no longer being used and dental services are currently operating from a former health clinic in Scalpay, with members of staff from Stornoway dental centre providing the services.

Dr Allan said that he called the meeting to talk about issues related to dental services in Harris, as people were worried about access to dental care and were eager for more guarantees to be made surrounding the future of dental services. Mr Jamieson said that the Board was considering a number of measures associated with the future of NHS dental care, including options such as a new permanent base and a team of staff dedicated to providing care in Harris.

Dr Allan also brought up the issue of waiting lists in Lewis, as waiting lists have decreased significantly since the new dental centre opened in Stornoway, but around 2,000 people are still waiting to register with an NHS dentist.




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