Funding secured for new dentist in Llandrindod Wells
A town council celebrates the news that funding has been secured to improve dental care for the community.
Llandrindod Wells City Council has confirmed that the Powys Teaching Health Board (PHTB) has successfully secured support from the Welsh Government to allow a new fully NHS-funded dental chair in the town.
News of the funding was reported to Llandrindod Wells City Council at its meeting on March 15, when council expressed their delight at having achieved a successful outcome as instigator of the project.
The issue of dental services was first brought to council’s attention by Cllr Jamie Jones, before the council undertook a survey of residents which was broadcast across Powys.
The survey results highlighted major difficulties people have in getting NHS dental services in the city. These results were then collated by Cllr Project Manager Keith Brelstaff, who continued to work with Jane Dodds MS and PTHB on the project.
Securing the funding is good news for the city, and the challenge now is to ensure that once the tender is launched, the city can attract excellent candidates to fill the vacant position.
The news comes after Jane Dodds delivered a report on the provision of dental care in Mid and West Wales to Welsh Health Minister Eluned Morgan.
The report specifically highlighted Knighton and Llandrindod Wells as areas of deep concern over waiting times, the inability to register with an NHS dentist and patients having to travel long distances to access care. dental, considered to be the main problems.
In some cases mentioned in the report, residents of Powys were unable to get appointments for three years despite a broken tooth.
Jane Dodds said: ‘I am really delighted to see this announcement from the Welsh Government today, which follows the persistent efforts of Llandrindod City Council and myself.
“I was pleased to hear from Health Minister Eluned Morgan when I delivered my report last week that she will continue to work on the issue and consider the findings and recommendations of my report.
“Good dental care is absolutely vital and we cannot continue with large parts of Mid and West Wales unable to access the services they deserve.”