Assurances Given Over Scilly’s Dental Service

St Mary's hospital

St Mary’s hospital

The organisation that manages the dental surgery at St Mary’s hospital has given their assurance that the service will continue when the current dentist resigns in the autumn.

PCH Dental, a not-for-profit company, confirmed yesterday that Scilly’s only dentist, Dr Robert Seddon, wants to stand down in September.

And they say they’re running a number of recruitment activities to find a new dentist.

They’re also putting provisions in place to ensure that residents continue to receive emergency and planned dental treatment after this date.

PCH Dental’s Clinical Director, Chris Roberts, said Dr Seddon has agreed to extend his service until a suitable replacement can be found.

The company, which has managed dental services on the islands since 2013, is an offshoot of Peninsula Community Health, who run the hospital. Last month PCH announced they didn’t want to operate the hospital contract after next March.

Dental services on the mainland are usually split into routine ‘high street’ type surgeries and more specialist or emergency treatment in hospitals. Scilly is unusual in having both services delivered by a single team on St Mary’s.

Chris said PCH Dental is proud to have always provided a continuous dental service to the residents of Scilly and have always made sure that there is a replacement available for the resident dentist whenever needed.

He said: “We can assure residents that this high standard of care will continue during and beyond the recruitment phase.”

But some patients have found it’s not currently possible to book an appointment for dental treatment in Scilly after mid-September, when Bob was expected to leave.