Consultation over Hebridean clinic closures

05 January, 2015 / editorial

The possible relocation of the dental practices at Lochmaddy on North Uist, Liniclate on Benbecula, and Lochboisdale on South Uist, are being discussed by NHS Western Isles in a bid to modernise the service.

Currently the three clinics need renovated to meet current standards, which would be a costly project. The health board believes that closing them and centralising the service would “provide high-quality services from one location, with scope for future improvements”.

If plans go ahead, following a public consultation, dental services for the islands would be centralised at the Uist and Barra Hospital at Balivanich on Benbecula.

However, the proposals have been criticised because the current set up means some patients would need to travel a 70-mile round trip to the dentist.

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