A NEW dental practice offering NHS treatment has opened at the site of a Poole doctors’ surgery that was gutted in an arson attack two years ago.
Mid Dorset and North Poole MP Annette Brooke officially opened the Neighbourhood Centre Dental Practice in Canford Heath on Monday.
The dentists, at Culliford Crescent, is on the same site where, in June 2012, around 40 firefighters tackled the blaze that started when a wheelie bin was set alight next to the building.
Speaking to the Daily Echo after the dental surgery’s official opening, general manager Lukasz Drozdziel said: “We are part of a company called Dentapol Limited and have nine practices all together, with seven of them in Dorset.
“This is a new space for an existing practice we had in Canford Heath, which will also be used as company headquarters.
“We’ve come into this building from another facility.
“Today went great; we had a bit of a ceremony, a ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling.
“We’re predominantly an NHS dentist, about 90 per cent of our services are NHS.
“This is our business model and we are going to stick to it.”
Annette Brooke added: “I was delighted to open the new premises for Canford Heath’s Neighbourhood Centre Dental Practice. It is so important to have a good NHS practice easily accessible to so many families and there are superb facilities provided here.
“I have long campaigned to keep NHS dental services available and there was a fear some years ago that Canford Heath would lose out, I am glad that trend has been reversed.”