Bowen Hospital’s Dental Clinic is on the move and will re-open in new refurbished location at the Community Health Centre on Thursday (February 8).
Director of Oral Health Dr Ronel Bornman said the new clinic would expand from two dental chairs to four and each room was fitted with state-of-the-art dental equipment.
The $1.07 million refurbishment started in September last year was funded by the State Priority Capital Program Funding.
The clinic move from Bowen Hospital to Community Health is eagerly awaited by the staff.
Dr Bornman said each surgery now had its own x ray system instead of sharing one between two rooms.
The new clinic has a sterilising room, a reception and waiting area and a laboratory for denture manufacture and repair.
“The new clinic is more spacious and will be more comfortable for patients. There’s better access for patients with a disability and more carparking,” Dr Bornman said.
“We’ve got best practice infection control and each dentist and our prosthetist who makes dentures now have a dedicated chair instead of three people moving between two chairs.”
Last year the clinic provided 3226 appointments to patients in Bowen and Collinsville.
“The refurbishment means the community will be receiving care in a modern facility equipped with the same technology as our surgeries in Mackay.
“Our staff are also looking forward to working in the new surrounds and continuing to provide a high standard of care for their community,” Dr Bornman said.
Bowen Dental Clinic staff are: Senior Dentist Dr Chris Bornman, Dentists Dr Jordan Welsh and Dr Meg Gilmore, Prosthetist Scott Sanderson, Oral Health Therapist Helen Tillse and Dental Assistants Bronwyn Webber, Miranda Anderson, Kirsty Robertson and Neddy Morgan.