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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10658: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the proposed closure by NHS Dumfries and Galloway of the Lochside Dental Clinic; what discussions it has had with the board regarding this matter, and whether it will consider taking action to prevent the closure.

Answered by: Shona Robison 1 September 2017

Lochside Dental Clinic is a Public Dental Service (PDS) facility. The main role of the PDS is to provide NHS dental services for people with complex care needs and those who are referred by high street dentists for specific treatment.

In view of the increasing numbers of 'high-street' dentists providing NHS GDS in the area, it is appropriate for the Board to consider how to deliver NHS GDS services to people in need of routine dental care. We understand there are 9 practices within the Dumfries (Nithsdale Locality) area accepting NHS Patients.

There will be no change in the type of NHS care service available to a patient previously seen by the PDS and now being treated by a 'high-street' dentist.