First patients treated at Western Isles Dental Centre

The first patients were recently welcomed through the doors of the new state of the art dental centre in Stornoway, marking the completion of a project to provide first-class dental care to the residents of Lewis and Harris.

Cathy Macmillan from Doune Carloway was the first patient to be treated in Western Isles Dental Centre on Thursday, December 30th, and feedback from patients who have been treated in the new facility has been extremely positive to date.

Patients are being advised that Bayhead Dental Centre has now been closed and patients will now be treated in the new facility (contact 01851 707500). Western Isles Dental Centre is made up of seven general dental surgeries and five new modern training surgeries and includes both salaried and independent dentists as well as teaching facilities for dental students.

The new building is located in Stornoway, adjacent to the entrance of the existing Western Isles Hospital. A barrier entry car park for dental patients only has been provided as part of the development (the barrier system will be activated shortly) and there is also a two car drop-off point available outside the building.

Patients with dental emergencies are reminded that out of hours (between 6pm and 8.30am weekdays, weekends and bank holidays) they should contact NHS 24 on 08454 242424.

An official ceremony to mark the opening of Western Isles Dental Centre will take place early in February, with an open day for members of the public set to take place on February 5 from 10am – 2pm, when tours of the new centre will be provided.