12th December 2017

Local MP visits community dental service

Local MP Stephen Lloyd has visited the Trust’s Community Dental Service at the Ian Gow Medical Centre in Eastbourne, and met with the team of dentists and nurses who provide specialised dental services for adults and children.

Stephen Lloyd with Leona Toner Head of Community Dental Services and team at the Ian Gow Medical Centre.

Stephen Lloyd with Leona Toner Head of Community Dental Services and team at the Ian Gow Medical Centre.

Stephen Lloyd MP said: “I was very impressed with the Trust’s community dental service when I visited them in Langney. It’s an incredibly specialised but necessary service that many people won’t know much about yet perform a crucial role, providing dentistry to many hundreds of people across the Trust, often with the most complex needs. A challenging but obviously highly satisfying job for all the team.”

Leona Toner Head of Community Dental Services said: “It was good to have Stephen Lloyd visit and meet with members of the team to better understand the services we provide. He communicated his interest and support which was a great encouragement for the Community Dental Service.

East Sussex Healthcare Community Dental Services has three different dental services two of which operate out of the Ian Gow site in Eastbourne. The Special Care Dental Service provides treatment for adults and children who have additional needs due to autism, learning disability, mental illness or who require domiciliary care. They also treat patients with complex medical histories and disabilities which can be can be due to strokes and brain acquired injuries. General anaesthetic sessions are provided for patients who are unable to tolerate dental treatment due to their disability as well as treating children who require extractions under general anaesthetic. The Emergency Dental Service provides temporary urgent dental treatment and advice to patients who reside in the local area.