More NHS patients register with a dentist in Dumfries and Galloway
Government figures have revealed a significant increase in the number of people registering with an NHS dentist in Dumfries and Galloway.
The figures show that more than 30,000 people have registered with an NHS dentist in the area over the course of the last three years. Statistics have also confirmed an increase in patient numbers across Scotland.
Valerie White, Consultant in Dental and Public Health for NHS Dumfries and Galloway, said that the trust was delighted with the new figures, which prove that the ongoing investment in dental services is making a difference to the people of Dumfries and Galloway. White also said that they expect patient numbers to continue to rise in the future, as new practices have recently opened in the area.
Public Health Minister, Shona Robinson, has welcomed the figures and said that she was extremely happy with the recent figures, which show a significant increase in patient numbers across the country. In recent years, new practices have opened, existing practices have increased the number of places available and new training facilities for dental students have also opened. The NHS has also worked to improve access to dentists in rural areas, where waiting lists were lengthy and patients were struggling to access NHS dental services.Join this Discussion