Swindon Oral Health & Dental Services Survey summary report

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Swindon designed conducted a survey gathering 78 people’s views about oral health and going to the dentist in Sep 2017. One area of focus was ‘infections in the mouth which can be linked with problems in other parts of the body. Just over half the people surveyed said that oral health was very important to them and that they go to an NHS dentist. A third of those surveyed said they go to a private dentist. More than not the people surveyed said that they have had a good experience of going to the dentist. Nearly all those surveyed said that they would recommend their dentist to a friend or family member. Some general themes identified include that people would like to see an improved environment at their dentist in the waiting and clinical areas of the building(s) as well as a focus to improve information provided around prevention and education.

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Report title 
Swindon Oral Health & Dental Services Survey summary report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Swindon
Date of publication 
Friday, 13 October, 2017
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 1 September, 2017
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 30 September, 2017
Type of report 
Key themes 
Building and facilities
Health promotion
Quality of care
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

How was the information collected? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Dentist (non-hospital)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.