1039 wait to see public dentist in Gladstone

MORE than 1000 people are waiting for a public dentist appointment in Gladstone, with 57 people waiting more than a year.

The latest figures from the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service show as of October 8, there were 1039 residents waiting to visit the Gladstone Community Dental Clinic.

But the health service's Subacute Ambulatory and Community Services executive director Michele Gardner said waiting times had reduced.

She said 3500 people in the Central Queensland region were waiting more than two years to see a dentist in February last year.

This had been reduced to zero in March.

"No one has been waiting more than two years," she said.

Ms Gardner said it was a great result for Gladstone and was achieved through a better use of resources, a standardised appointment booking system, audits of waiting lists and partnering with private dentists.

The number of people waiting for dentures has also decreased.

There are 26 people in Gladstone waiting for dentures.

The person who has been waiting the longest has been on the list since July this year.

The number of people waiting to see a public dentist has also improved in Gladstone in just the past two months.

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service's dental waiting times make up about 5% of the state's total waiting to see a dentist.

WAITING TIMES:

  • 1039 people waiting to see a dentist
  • 57 have been waiting more than a year
  • No one has been waiting for more than two years

- APN NEWSDESK



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