Methil surgeries try to stop the rot

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A NEW £1.5 million dental centre aimed at getting more people in Levenmouth to look after their teeth opens in Methil next month.

The Kirkland Dental Service Centre will be home to six surgeries and has been built in partnership between the local health board and Buckhaven dentist Stephen Ivatt, who will be relocating his existing practice.

Although NHS Fife would not reveal an exact opening date it did confirm the centre would be taking on new NHS patients towards the end of August.

Alastair Robertson, chair of the Kirkcaldy and Levenmouth Community Health Partnership, aptly hailed the centre as ‘something to smile about’ for those who have been unable to register with an NHS dentist.

He added: “The opening of the new Kirkland Dental Centre is a very significant investment in the local area by NHS Fife and the dental practice.

“It ensures there will be adequate and continuing NHS dental capacity in the area.

“It’s been a worry for some time that many people in the Levenmouth area are not registered with an NHS dentist.

“We know that regular dental checks are important.

“By checking how healthy our teeth and gums are, the dentist can treat problems before they become serious, or may prevent future problems occurring altogether, as well as possibly identifying general health problems.

“For us, this is not just about meeting registration targets, but about providing a state of the art facility that will help improve the dental health of people in the Levenmouth area.”

The new centre has been eagerly awaited since a ISD Scotland survey last year revealed only six out of 10 Fifers were registered with an NHS dentist, below the national average of seven.

Located on the site of the former Kirkland Community Centre, on Methil Brae, it will have enough space for staff to man the half dozen surgeries, and will have support facilities including decontamination areas and radiographic areas.

Residents wishing to become NHS patients can call the NHS Fife Dental helpline on 01592 777500 now to be added to a waiting list.