No decision yet on future of dental services in Girvan hospital

NHS Ayrshire and Arran have insisted that no decision has yet been made on dental services at Girvan Community Hospital.

However, Eddie Fraser, the director of East Ayrshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership who are responsible for public dental services admits they are currently reviewing the service.

A user of the dental services at the hospital contacted the Gazette claiming that the service was due to close.

They said: “I have just visited the community dentist little realising it would be my last time. I had heard rumours this practice would be closing but I would like to know why?

“What are people like me who have MS and the elderly who have no car of their own or have to rely on public transport meant to do? Surely the doctors and the police don’t need the whole building.

“The dentists in Girvan and Maybole will be swamped and the one in the town in Girvan is totally un-wheelchair friendly and the Maybole one has stairs.”

Mr Fraser said in response: “We are committed to ensuring that a safe and effective dental service in Girvan meets the needs of the community.

“Within the Girvan area, a small number of patients currently use the service, approximately 40 mainstream patients with 15 patients with additional needs. The service provides dentist input two or three days a month and dental hygienist input one and half days a month. We are currently reviewing the PDS and would emphasise that no decisions have been taken.”