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£1.3 million dental clinic opens at UCLan

28 September 2012

Lyndsey Boardman

First-rate dental services on offer

Students, staff and local residents can now access first-rate dental services on the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Preston campus.

The UCLan Dental Clinic (UDC) provides specialised dental services at very competitive prices, as well as allowing dentists from UCLan’s School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education to gain clinical experience on campus – something few other universities can offer.

Speaking of the new facility opening, Barry Cockcroft CBE, Chief Dental Officer and the Government’s principal dental adviser, said: “I am very pleased to support the establishment of the UCLan Dental Clinic. This will significantly enhance dental care provision within the region and is also a forward-thinking initiative for the dental education sector. It will enable multi-professional clinical education and training for dentists and dental care professionals, up to masters level.

“This will significantly enhance dental care provision within the region and is also a forward-thinking initiative for the dental education sector.”

“UCLan appears to be able to develop innovative approaches to many issues and I think this development of an independent practice within the confines of the university building is possibly a first.

“I hope that the further development of postgraduate careers facilitated by this new initiative will benefit both patients and students alike.”

Announcing the launch of the clinic, StJohn Crean, Dean of the School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education said: “This is an exciting development for UCLan – as well as for dental education in the northwest region. Our on-campus clinic will give students and staff access to first class dental services and allow our dental students an amazing opportunity to develop their clinical skills without leaving the University.”

“UCLan appears to be able to develop innovative approaches to many issues and I think this development of an independent practice within the confines of the university building is possibly a first.”

The clinic offers patients cover under the Denplan service – whereby users pay a set amount each month to cover their care. UCLan students are able to use credits from the UCLan Advantage – a package of benefits exclusively tailored for the University’s students – to pay for dental treatment.

Paul Walsh, Clinical Director of the UCLan Dental Clinic, added: “Our clinic provides the full range of dental services one would expect from a first class dental surgery. We hope that once our colleagues from local clinics see the levels of expertise, service and patient care we can provide, then they will begin to refer patients to UDC. We are as committed to providing a service to the local community as we are to improving dental education in the region.”

Lancashire residents will also find that treatment rates compare extremely favourably to high street dentists and indeed some of the treatment centres abroad ensuring they can access high quality treatment in first class facilities at an affordable price, with the necessary after care.