THE Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has received £300,000 from the Welsh Government which will go towards around 2,000 new NHS dental places in the area.
The funds are a part of a £1.3m investment by the Welsh Government announced last week which is expected to create a total of 10,000 new NHS dental places across Wales.
New access is also planned in the areas of greatest need across the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area.
In addition, new investment is being made to strengthen specialist children’s dentistry services.
This will see new consultant and specialist appointments being made to work with existing community and hospital-based services.
This will help increase access to specialist paediatric dental services closer to home and ensure those children with highest treatment need have timely access to treatment.
The new specialists will work closely with general dental practice teams to improve children’s preventive care and treatment services in NHS dental services in Wales.
It’s expected up to 3,000 additional patients per year will be able to access specialist paediatric dentistry services as a result, which will reduce waiting times for hospital-based services.
Health secretary Vaughan Gething who announced the investment said: “Improving NHS dental services and patients’ access to them is a priority for the Welsh Government.
“I’m really pleased that the investment will create 10,000 new NHS dental places. This will improve access to NHS dental services for people in some of the most deprived areas of Wales.
“We’re also investing in new specialist paediatric dentistry to ensure the needs of the most vulnerable children are met. The investment in specialist paediatric dentistry will help improve NHS dental treatment and care for those children who are affected by dental disease.”
A spokesman for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board said: “We welcome this investment from Welsh Government which will enable us to provide local people with access to around 2,000 new NHS dentistry places in the next six months and beyond.”