New dentists will fill the gap at Warwick Hospital
A DENTIST will be back behind the chair at the Warwick Hospital next month, following a three-month shortage.
Saurabh (Rob) Nagrath has been appointed as Warwick's new senior dentist and is set to start in the position on December 10.
Health minister Lawrence Springborg is understood to have lobbied furiously for the new dentist and said the appointment was a benefit to the community.
"It is pleasing to be informed by the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service that a contract for the new dentist has been signed and they will be starting in Warwick in three weeks," Mr Springborg said.
"This is great news for Warwick, given the difficulty in attracting and retaining dental staff in regional areas.
"It is a credit to the DDHHS executive and I thank them for keeping me informed throughout the process. I wish the appointed dentist all the best in their new venture."
The Warwick Hospital has been without a dentist since August this year, following the resignation of both of the dentists.
Dr Nagrath will not be in the dental unit alone for too long, with another dentist set to join the team in coming months.
Regional rural heath and aged care executive director Michael Bishop said recruitment was under way.
"The DDHHS is also recruiting to a dentist position in Warwick and interviews for this position are scheduled for mid November," he said.
Until the new dentists arrive, non-urgent cases will continue to be referred to the Toowoomba Hospital or a private practice.
Stanthorpe Hospital is set to receive its own dentist this month, with Dr Stanley Kumar set to take up the position of senior dentist from November 19.