NHS Grampian Looking to Recruit More Dentists in Moray
Board members at NHS Grampian have met to discuss ways of enticing more dentists to the Moray area.
Figures show that around 25,000 people travel from towns and rural communities in Aberdeenshire to Aberdeen city to see a dentist and the ratio of dentists to residents is amongst the lowest in Scotland in Aberdeenshire and Moray.
Travelling long distances can be very difficult for some people, especially those who do not drive, people who struggle to afford public transport and the elderly, as a result many people may put off going to the dentist on a regular basis. Waiting lists in the area are also longer than other areas of Scotland, because there is a lack of services in rural areas of the county, meaning that more patients require care from city dentists.
Ray Watkins, a consultant in dental public health told the NHS Grampian board members that steps were being taken to encourage more dentists to work in the area and that money was available to invest in new practices in Aberdeenshire and Moray.
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