Kirklees

Dentaid has provided free community outreach clinics in Kirklees for people who find it difficult to access NHS dental care.

Pressures on NHS dental services in Dewsbury and the surrounding area mean that many people have not been able to register with a dentist and some practices have long waiting lists. Dentaid, which previously ran the Real Junk Tooth Project in Dewsbury, took its mobile dental unit to run several public access clinics at schools, community centres and outside the town hall. They treated up to 37 patients each day. The project was funded by Kirklees Council which gave Dentaid a £7060 grant to run the scheme.

The first patient Philip Rushforth had five teeth extracted after suffering months of dental pain that kept him awake at night.

The team helped several other patients who arrived in tears but were relieved of their dental pain.  The mobile dental unit also visited schools offering treatment for children and their parents. No appointments were necessary and patients who were not registered with a dentist could turn up and wait for treatments including extractions, fillings and fluoride varnish.