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New Waikato mobile dental clinic heads south to Christchurch to help out
The mobile clinics are part of an $11 million overhaul for the Waikato DHB dental service that will bring the total number of mobile clinics to 15, and see six new fixed clinics being built around the region as well as refurbishment of an existing clinic and ward at Tokoroa Hospital.
Mrs Adams told HWAC the project continues to make progress, with the building of the mobile units on target and the fixed clinic-building programme also progressing to plan. "Staff numbers are slowly increasing and the outputs of the service are improving although still behind the planned business case numbers. These will not be reached until all clinics are operational," she said.
There are two types of mobile clinics, assessment or treatment, and two sizes, one and two chair.
Some are towed, some are driveable but each purpose built mobile clinic takes a month to build which is equivalent to 3000 working hours by a range of staff including welders, cabinet makers and coach builders.
Action Motor Bodies have a good reputation for quality workmanship with ambulances, holiday homes, display vans and quite recently, a mobile director's unit for Peter Jackson.
Waikato DHB announced a major overhaul to its Community Dental Service in 2009 after it found that all of the 78 school-owned dental clinics it staffed needed replacing or refurbishment to comply with new legislation.
New fixed clinics will be located at:
Refurbishment work at Crawshaw School (Hamilton) will allow treatment to continue in their school-owned clinic, and a Tokoroa Hospital ward will be an eighth clinic.
All fixed and mobile clinics will be complete by the end of the year.
View the new dental mobile units signage in our photo gallery.