One of the NHS’s longest-serving chief executives has come out of retirement to open a new dentists in Bournemouth that has been named in his honour.
The Browning Centre, Boscombe, has been specially designed for adults with disabilities and other conditions that may make it difficult for them to get dental treatment.
Roger Browning was at the helm of Dorset HealthCare for 20 years and retired earlier this year. He cut the ribbon to declare the community dental service officially open.
Other guests who attended the opening included his successor at Dorset HealthCare, Paul Sly, trust chairman Jonathan Walsh, governors, directors, and representatives of Bournemouth University.
University representative Linda Kaye presented the dental service team with their University Practice Development Accreditation.
The dental surgery is the first of its kind in the country to be given the award. The surgery has the expertise to train and mentor dentists and nurses in the Bournemouth region in special care dentistry.
Clinical director of dental services for the trust, Anne Williams, said: “We’re delighted. It’s a fitting recognition of the hard work, dynamism and achievements of all of the dental service team.”
The clinic is a single storey building that is accessible for people who use wheelchairs or need to arrive by ambulance.
They have a range of specialist equipment including a tipping platform that allows patients to stay in their wheelchairs during treatment. They also offer home visits for people who are unable to get to the dental surgery.
Ms Williams said: “People are ageing with complex medical problems, particularly in this part of Dorset, and more and more are needing specialist dental care. We are also seeing an increasing number of bariatric patients.”