Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Ouch! Dental Queue's Pain Won't Go Away

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Ouch! Dental Queue's Pain Won't Go Away

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Byline: Lea Emery

PATIENTS will have to wait for another year before the ballooning wait at the Bundaberg Hospital Dental Clinic begins to be curbed.

The state government promised $9.5 million to add an extra seven dental chairs to the clinic in 2008.

But Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Health Service District northern cluster manager Beth Norton said the new clinic would not be completed until late next year.

The waiting list to receive dental care in Bundaberg is hovering at around seven years Co up from the six-and-a-half year wait in 2008 when the new clinic was first promised.

Ms Norton said construction has not started on the new clinic but planning was "well advanced".

"The new oral health facility will have seven additional new chairs. We expect this will reduce the wait for care as the service capacity of oral health services will be more than doubled," she said.

But while work on the public dental clinic may have stalled, private dentists Burnett Dental Centre and 1300 Smiles are rapidly expanding. …

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