Dental fix on way to ease pain of Warwick locals

THE cavity left at the Warwick Hospital following the resignation of both its dentists has caused some pain to residents but relief is near and it may be filled by the end of the year.

The Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service is negotiating to appoint a senior dentist to start work at Warwick Dental Clinic in December.

Regional executive director of rural health and aged care Michael Bishop said although a formal appointment had not been made, it was expected within days, subject to necessary checks.

"We are delighted the recruitment process is going well and will make a further announcement about formal appointments soon," Mr Bishop said.

Since the resignation of the dentists in August, a Toowoomba dentist has been travelling to Warwick to treat serious cases, with non-urgent treatment being referred to Toowoomba.

Mr Bishop said he regretted the interruptions that came as a result of the shortage.

"Anyone enquiring about dental treatment is triaged and accommodated at Warwick Dental Clinic with the treating oral health therapists or dental health therapists, or alternatively offered the Toowoomba number to call," Mr Bishop said.

A second dentist is also set to be appointed to the hospital in coming months and Mr Bishop said interviews for this position would be held soon.

In the new academic year, the Griffith University Dental Clinic is expected to be up and running and seeing patients at the hospital.

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