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Former NHS chief opens new dental surgery in Bournemouth
ONE of the NHS’s longest-serving chief executives came back from retirement to open a new NHS dental centre in Bournemouth named in his honour.
The Browning Centre, Boscombe, is designed for adults with disabilities and other conditions that make it difficult for them to access ordinary dental surgeries.
Roger Browning, who retired earlier this year after 20 years at the helm of Dorset HealthCare, cut the ribbon to declare the community dental service officially open.
Other guests included his successor, Paul Sly, trust chairman Jonathan Walsh, governors, directors, and representatives of Bournemouth University.
Linda Kaye from the university presented the dental service team with their University Practice Development Accreditation.
The centre is the first stand-alone dental service in the country to be given such an award and has the expertise to train and mentor dentists and nurses from across the region in special care dentistry.
Anne Williams, clinical director of dental services for the trust, said: “We’re delighted. It’s a fitting recognition of the hard work, dynamism and achievements of all of the dental service team.”
The new clinic is single storey and accessible for people who use wheelchairs or arrive by ambulance.
Specialist equipment includes a tipping platform so that people can stay in their wheelchairs during treatment.
The department also has an outreach service to visit those who are confined to their homes.
Ms Williams said demand for community dentistry was increasing, adding: “People are ageing with complex medical problems, particularly in this part of Dorset, and more and more are needing specialist dental care. We are also seeing an increasing number of bariatric patients.”