News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Hornby community dental clinic opens

Hornby community dental clinic opens

A new community dental clinic opened in Hornby’s Hei Hei Road this week.

The clinic is part of a major change to the way oral health care services are being delivered by Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) to primary and intermediate school children across the country.

Children from Hornby and surrounding schools will visit a mobile clinic based at school for their initial dental check ups.

“If they need further dental work, such as fillings, children will then go to the Hornby Community Dental Clinic,” said the Community Dental Service’s Service Manager Megan Gibbs.

Canterbury’s first community dental clinic was opened in May last year at Ashburton Hospital and was followed by clinics opening in Kaiapoi and Rangiora earlier this year.

“The new Hornby clinic will allow us to focus more on preventative dental care within that community - and improve the oral health of our young people,” said Megan Gibbs.

CDHB is spending over $13 million upgrading its Community Dental Service for school children with most of the region’s 120 school dental clinics being replaced by community clinics and supported by 18 campervan-style mobile clinics.

The changes are part of the Government’s overall commitment to improving oral health care services for children and adolescents.

All children under 18 in the CDHB area are eligible for free dental care. Once children reach high school, they are able to register with a private dentist who will provide free services until they are 18.



“High school children will continue to be offered a comprehensive service by private dentists,” Megan Gibbs said.

The largest community dental clinic will open at Hillmorton Hospital later this year and planning is well underway for the other clinics in Burnside, Woolston, Lincoln, Northcote, Aranui and Kaikoura. All the clinics are expected to be open by the end of 2011.

Hornby Community Dental Clinic is at 2 Hei Hei Road.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Tom Scott's Avantdale Bowling Club: The 10th Annual Taite Music Prize Announced

The Taite Music Prize 2019 ceremony also saw the presentation of the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut, Independent Spirit Award, and Independent Music NZ Classic Record award. More>>

ALSO:

Elisabeth Calder: Gifted Editor And Publisher To Receive Honorary Doctorate

The English editor and publisher who discovered some of the greatest writers of our times, including Salman Rushdie, Julian Barnes and Anita Brookner, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by the University of Canterbury (UC) at the University’s Arts and Science graduation ceremony on 18 April. More>>

Howard Davis: Charlie Parker With Strings - Live!

Hear these swinging rhythms with lush strings and a twist of bebop when Dick Oatts performs Charlie Parker with Strings accompanied by the New Zealand String Quartet and Jazz Ensemble, Musical Director Rodger Fox. More>>

Disaster Response: Canterbury Quakes - 'Widespread Adverse Effects' On Mental Health

The researchers noted that while support services such as free counselling exist, New Zealand's public health services are already under strain and even small increases in demand may result in a considerable extra burden for health workers. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland