New dental centre opens doors to tackle shortage of dentists

New dental centre opens doors to tackle dentist shortage in Wales

A new dental practice has opened its doors in Bangor, Wales, in a bid to alleviate the increasing shortage of NHS dentists in the area. 

The Bangor Dental Academy forms part of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s plans to attract, train and retain more dental professionals.

It will also provide much-needed NHS dental services to thousands of patients every year.

Once fully staffed, the academy’s ground floor dental practice will provide eight clinics

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Owned by dentists Ravi Singh and Darren King, they said: ‘This dental practice is the culmination of a lot of hard work.

‘Starting with the Health Board, which had the vision and the courage to commission a new way of providing much needed NHS dentistry to the local population and continuing with our team who have made real our vision.

‘We have a history of working in innovative ways and this project fits in with our previous experiences perfectly.

‘The opportunity to work with Bangor University. The local NHS team is an exciting one, which will deliver significant benefits for the local population.’

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Peter Greensmith is Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s assistant director for the North Wales Dental Service.

‘This is a wonderful facility. The ability to work with Welsh government, Health Education and Improvement Wales, Cardiff Dental School and Bangor University as well as other stakeholders means that we can explore further options to attract dental staff to the area,’ he said.

‘We are also able to offer an innovative working environment that enables them to practice dentistry while upskilling and delivering specialist care in a community setting.’

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