We are a very busy, mainly NHS dental practice located in the centre of Lancaster, a university city half way between Manchester and the Lake District. There are six modern surgeries, all with networked computers and high levels of equipment, including fibre optics and X-ray machines in each surgery and a digital X-ray system. Our networked computer system facilitates easy and clear patient records, treatment planning and fee estimates as well as the benefits of digital imaging and patient education.
In July 2005 we had a major expansion and refurbishment, further improving our modern facilities, adding a fourth surgery and providing a larger and re-fitted VDP surgery. A further expansion, providing a new fifth surgery was completed in July 2007. We have a dedicated modern decontamination room and system (refurbished and re-equipped in 2010) and are achieving best practice in most areas. A further expansion in 2016 added another downstairs surgery, improved store rooms, sterilisation equipment and staff facilities, and we appointed an additional dentist to our team.
We work mainly within the NHS but there is increasing scope for private work, particularly in the field of aesthetic dentistry and we have a very good mix of patients from all age groups and backgrounds, which this ensures a varied and interesting workload. We now have the facility of in-house implant provision.
There is a relaxed, friendly working atmosphere at the practice and all dentists are given full clinical freedom. We are very lucky to attract reliable, hardworking, friendly staff and we maintain informal, excellent working relationships. Our staff are encouraged to attend courses and our dental nurses are all registered with the GDC. We also have two trainee dental nurses currently attending the NVQ3 Dental Nursing course.
Ian Wild (Principal and Trainer) works full time at the practice, Andrew Heath (Associate), four days, Rob Burke, Anna Quinn (Associate) four days and James Branston joined us in 2013 as a full time associate after completing his Foundation Training with us. Rob Burke, an experienced dentist, joined the practice as a full time associate in April 2008 and he brings to the practice his experience of providing dental implants and is also involved in Vocational Training. Peter Wright jonied us in 2016 and his wife Nichola Wright joined us part time in 2017.
Quotes from previous Foundation Dentists
"All the staff have been so friendly and approachable"
"Ian has always been on hand for advice promptly, both inside and outside hours which has been of great value and comfort"
"Tutorials have been informative, varied, enjoyable but most of all beneficial"
"Excellent appointment scheduling"
"Experience was gained in a wide range of clinical areas"