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October 8, 2010

Upgraded Dental Clinic Opened

Over 700 preschool to adolescent aged patients from the Hokitika area will benefit from the opening of a significantly upgraded West Coast District Health Board dental facility at Hokitika Primary School.

Maureen Frankpitt, Nurse Manager Community Services explained that the Hokitika Dental Clinic is the first fixed facility on the West Coast to be upgraded.

The facility has an improved disability access and improved waiting and clinical areas to accommodate for the increase in parental involvement in their children's oral health and the increasing focus on preventative care.

Adolescent oral health will be a major focus of attention as many teenagers, under the age of eighteen years, miss out on what is a free professional service at either private or DHB facilities on the Coast.

Hecta Williams, West Coast DHB General Manager Community Services noted that the opening of the upgraded fixed clinic in Hokitika is a key milestone in the implementation of the DHB Child and Adolescent Oral Health Strategy and the overall goal of meeting the oral health needs of the children and adolescents in Westland.

Westland District mayor, Maureen Pugh unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening welcoming the fact that Westland District children and youth will now receive oral health services from fit-for-purpose facilities that meet the latest national standards for dental facilities.


For further information please contact

Bryan Jamieson
Community Liaison Officer
West Coast DHB
PO Box 387
Greymouth 7840
Phone (DDI): (03) 769-7665
Mobile: 027 245-9595
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