Dental health care access for the disabled and infirm

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Summary of report content

The author conducted a visual survey of the NHS dental practices registered as operating within the Redcar and Cleveland Borough. In summary this survey identifies: Five major districts within the Borough representing c25% of the Borough’s population are denied local access to a dentist. This statistic will impact significantly on the NHS’s desire to improve dental and oral heath in Redcar and Cleveland. Five of the fourteen dental practices offer home visits in the districts: Skelton, Redcar, Norman by and Guisborough x 2. Which eases the access to dental practice position for the disabled and infirm. Two of the dental practices (Redcar and Skelton) operate within buildings that are specifically designed to facilitate access for wheelchair users, the disabled and or infirm. The report contains 2 recommendations which include that this report be sent to NHS (Dental) as intelligence, and action as appropriate, for their Improving Dental Care and Oral Health programme. That the commissioners for NHS (Dental) services note the absence of dental practices within the Borough affecting c25% of the Borough’s population of 135k residents.

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Report title 
Dental health care access for the disabled and infirm
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Redcar & Cleveland
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 1 April, 2014
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 1 April, 2014
Date evidence capture finished 
Tuesday, 1 April, 2014
Type of report 
Key themes 
Building and facilities
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Dentist (non-hospital)

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Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Service manager
Does the information include other people's views? 
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Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
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Network Impact
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Implied Impact
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Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.