New-look dentist’s surgery sheds its old 9 till 5 image

OPEN WIDE -- patient Iris Bowen (second from right) cuts the ribbon, with the help of staff, to open the new-look Oasis Dental Care practice in Sutton.

OPEN WIDE -- patient Iris Bowen (second from right) cuts the ribbon, with the help of staff, to open the new-look Oasis Dental Care practice in Sutton.

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Long-standing patient Iris Bowen has helped to unveil a new-look dental practice in Sutton, which has the aim of destroying the myth that the NHS is just a 9 till 5 operation.

The Oasis Dental Care surgery at the Old School on Church Street has been re-designed with new services, facilities and a modern, clean feel.

It got the seal of approval from 72-year-old Iris, who has been a patient there for more than six years and performed the special ribbon-cutting ceremony with staff to mark the changes.

One of the key improvements is making it easier for the public to go to the dentist’s at a time most convenient for them. The practice has extended its opening hours to include early morning and evening opening for the first time. The times are now 8 am to 7 pm on Mondays to Thursdays and 8 am to 5 pm on Fridays.

A major renovation includes an updated, relaxing waiting room area with contemporary furniture, and also improved signage. The surgery has also introduced a new cosmetic orthodontics service, Cfast, designed to align the teeth visible in a smile with just six months of treatment. And it has recruited a periodontist who will specialise in gum-disease treatment.

Practice manager Helen Kerry said: “It’s fantastic to be part of a project which is aimed at transforming the way people think about dentistry and providing greater access to what is an essential healthcare service.

“We know that people lead busy working lives and many have difficulty finding time to fit in a visit to the dentist in normal weekday hours. Our extended opening hours offer far more flexibility, and will mean people are never left without help, particularly when it comes to emergency dentistry.”

The changes at Oasis Dental Care have been carried out sensitively at what is a landmark building in Sutton.

Practice manager Helen Kerry said: “Many of our patients will remember the building from when it was a local school, either as pupils or parents of pupils. The refurbishment has deliberately kept many of the original features of this important local building in place to ensure the character of the place is kept.”

Oasis Dental care is the leading provider of NHS, private and specialist dental care in the UK. Established in 1996, Oasis now has more than 300 practices across the country and cares for more than two million patients. The updates at Sutton are in line with a nationwide roll-out of new services and refurbishments.