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Buncrana may get new dental surgery 29.11.07

BACKED-UP dental services in Inishowen have been boosted with an additional dentist providing three extra sessions a week for medical card holders.
And there are plans for an additional dental surgery in the town under a review of primary care services in the seaside town by the Department of Health.
Senator Cecilia Keaveney recently asked the Health Minister for an update regarding the number of community dentists serving the Inishowen area and what efforts were being made to expand the service.
She was told that there are currently 17 dental sessions per week provided by
HSE dentists in Inishowen serving three dental clinics, namely Moville, Carndonagh and Buncrana. A dental hygienist also provides two sessions per week in Inishowen.
"From November of this year an additional dentist has been reassigned to provide three extra sessions per week in Inishowen, with the possibility of increasing the sessions by the dental hygienist also being examined," explained Senator Keaveney.
“The single HSE dental surgery in Buncrana is manned full-time but despite this there is a waiting list for non emergency dental treatment because of the large population the single surgery has to serve.
"The department are currently reviewing development plans for primary care services in Buncrana which includes the provision of an additional surgery."
Senator Keaveney said the feedback she received from Ms. Harney was "very positive" and she hoped to see continued progress.
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