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Bridgewater Community Healthcare FT - Dental Division - Trafford Conway Road

We are a specialist dental service providing NHS Dental Treatment to patients with Additional Needs. We have highly trained and qualified Dental Care Professionals who strive to make dental accessible to patients with additional needs. We operate a Domiciliary service for patients that can not attend a clinical setting or a General Dentist. We offer 'Happy Air' sedation (Inhalation Sedation) for anxious patients, General Anaesthetics in a hospital settings. We have 3 clinics across Trafford all based in Health Centres. We are also a training centre for 4th and 5th year Dental Student learning to treat children. We also have an Oral Health Promotion team who deliver Oral Health advice locally to care homes, schools, baby/toddler groups and to Health visitors. We also accept referral from General Dentists if patients are unable to accept treatment in a general practice. We specialise in acclimatising anxious patients to accept Dental treatment and then refer back to their own General Dentist for regular care.

11 March 2020
North West
Care, Health
Local Alliances:
Manchester Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We offer all our patients all available treatment options so that they can make an informed choice about their treatment. We offer patient centred care to meet patients' needs. We support all our patients to live dental disease and pain free. We offer written treatment plans and provide patient with information leaflets. We value and collect patients feedback and, act upon reasonable suggestions. We are valued by our local community within Trafford and offer a valuable service to patients with additional needs. Should there be an opportunity to contribute towards research we would be happy participate.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

We understand the population is living longer and also keeping their teeth. We consider prevention of dental disease paramount and we have a high number of patients that live in supported living there is a training need for the carers to be taught the importance of dental care, tooth brushing with a toothpaste containing fluoride, keeping sugary foods to mealtimes only and accessing dental treatment. Due to patients taking multiple medications often leads to dry mouth. This increases the risk of patients developing dental decay as patients often continuously have sweets and/or drinks to moisten the mouth which contain sugar leading to dental decay.

2. Actions

  • 2 yearly dementia friends sessions

    To act as a refresher and to account for staff turnover.

    Being implemented
  • Request outside hand rails to be re-painted

    To request rails to be painted by building maintance  

  • We will supply information leaflets from the Alzheimers society for patients

    We have ordered information leaflets from the Alzheimer's Society to give to pateints

  • Make hot and cold tap signs

    To make hot and cold tap signs in the public toilet