Simplyhealth funds new mobile dental unit for homeless patients in Winchester
Simplyhealth has funded a new mobile dental unit, which will provide dental care for homeless people in Winchester.
The firm, which has offices in Winchester and Andover, is working with the charity, Dentaid, to provide mobile services for those who aren’t registered with a dentist. The use of the bus, which is operated by Dentaid, has been paid for through the company’s Community Fund.
The mobile unit will now visit Trinity Winchester once a month with the aim of bringing dental treatment to people who would otherwise find it very difficult to see a dentist. Both Dentaid and Simplyhealth are hoping that the programme enables homeless people to access regular checks, which will reduce the risk of oral health complications.
Simplyhealth’s Community Fund chair and director of HR and engagement, Jo Longman, said that it was an honour to fund the dental programme and improve access to dental care for homeless people in the local area. Simplyhealth is focused on promoting better health, and funding the Dentaid bus is an excellent way to provide people who may struggle to access routine healthcare with services that will undoubtedly benefit them moving forward. Simplyhealth has worked with the team at Trinity Winchester before and it is evident that being homeless can make even the simplest of tasks, such as cleaning the teeth, difficult. People often don’t have basic supplies like toothbrushes and most are not registered with a dentist and cannot afford dental care or travel to reach a local clinic.
Lucy Tennant, from Trinity Winchester, said that the Dentaid bus will make a massive difference to the people who rely on the charity for support.Join this Discussion