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S5W-15684: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, how many people receive dental check-ups at frequency periods of eight months or less, broken down by NHS board; how this compares with each of the last five years, and what assessment it has made of how the updated Oral Health Improvement Plan might impact on this.

Answered by: Shona Robison 18 April 2018

The following table shows the number of patients by NHS Board for the last five years who received two NHS dental check-ups within eight months.

Number of patients examined twice within 8 months; by NHS Board of practice and year of examination(s)

    
 

Year of examination

      

NHS Board

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

      

Ayrshire & Arran

94,003

97,279

98,340

102,569

103,513

      

Borders

21,594

23,240

24,172

26,727

26,304

      

Dumfries & Galloway

34,507

36,354

36,988

38,081

38,000

      

Fife

78,334

84,596

89,973

93,731

94,138

      

Forth Valley

71,257

75,351

78,451

81,966

83,043

      

Grampian

92,159

103,336

116,698

124,880

129,795

      

Greater Glasgow & Clyde

236,959

246,993

252,991

265,986

272,715

      

Highland

39,923

43,654

43,644

45,586

49,480

      

Lanarkshire

125,962

132,014

135,422

139,710

140,208

      

Lothian

209,343

219,615

226,804

235,652

237,009

      

Orkney

309

1,028

2,654

2,690

3,573

      

Shetland

751

665

567

925

1,494

      

Tayside

114,234

115,632

117,427

119,554

120,063

      

Western Isles

998

851

684

702

563

      

Scotland

1,120,077

1,180,319

1,224,493

1,278,399

1,299,601

      
            

Source: ISD Scotland, MIDAS. Data extracted April 2018

         

1 Check-ups are defined in the Statement of Dental Remuneration as items 1a, 1b, 1c & 47

      

2 Some patients may have been seen in more than one NHS Board within the year, therefore the Scotland figures may be less than the combined total

 

The present arrangements allow dentists to see patients with six months between courses of treatment, although patients on average receive a check-up once a year. The Oral Health Improvement Plan is proposing that the frequency of check-ups will be based on the dentist’s clinical judgement of the patient’s oral health. This means that some patients may be seen more frequently than six months if they have poor oral health, others may not need to be seen as often.