The official opening of the Western Isles Teach and Treat Dental Centre took place in Stornoway yesterday (Thursday).
The centre, located at the entrance to Western Isles hospital was a £4.7 million project to deliver first class dental care to the islands’ population and provide a training centre for dental students.
Invited guests were given a guided tour of the bright, modern building which is equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
Addressing the guests at the opening ceremony Malcolm Wright Chief Executive of NHS Education for Scotland, said: “Today is really important and I’m happy to be here given my association with the Western Isles a number years ago when some of the plans for the centre were developed.
“The facilities that are now here rank amongst some of the best in the U.K, with the Western Isles having the only island Teach and Treat centre in Scotland.
“Dental education in Scotland has led the way in the use of technology and this is a wonderful facility, which we are really proud of, with the combination of this and the Western Isles Hospital everything is set fair for the NHS here in the Western Isles.”
Neil Galbraith, Chairman of NHS Western Isles Health Board thanked staff and all of those who made the new centre a reality before unveiling a special commemorative plaque in the patient waiting area.
There was also a staff presentation of a bouquet of flowers to Cathy Macmillan the first patient to be treated at the new centre when she received some emergency treatment in the first day of its operation on December 30th.
A public open day at the centre will take place tomorrow (Saturday, February 5th) from 10am to 2pm.