National Smile Month starts on May 20th and the team at Romsey Dental Care , led by Dental Hygienist Stephanie Carter, are promoting the three key messages of the campaign: brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cut down on sugary snacks and drinks, visit your Dentist and Hygienist regularly.
Senior Dental Nurse Donna Whettingsteel from Romsey Dental Care, is delighted to gain her Certificate in Dental Radiography. This means she can take X-rays for patients using the practices state-of-the-art digital Xray equipment which displays the images instantly onto the chairside screen.
Romsey girl Megan Pack was delighted to hear that she has qualified as a dental nurse with an NVQ Level 3 in Dental Nursing. Megan, who is now 19, first joined Romsey Dental Care in Station Road at age 16, for work experience. Megan said ‘I knew straight away that dental nursing was the career for me and I really enjoy the job. We do a lot of cosmetic dentistry and it is great to see the smile on the patient’s face when they look in the mirror!’ Practice owner Samantha Price said ‘ I was so impressed with Megan’s dedication and commitment at such a young age that when a vacancy for a trainee nurse came up I was delighted to be able to offer it to her.’ ‘Megan is a natural as a dental nurse and has developed so well in all her skills throughout the 2 years of her training.’
Dental Nurse Laura McGregor from Romsey Dental Care in Station Road was delighted to hear that she had gained her certificate for Dental Surgery Nurses in Dental Radiography and is now qualified to take dental Xrays for patients of the practice.
Laura, who is already a qualified dental nurse, worked very hard to pass the exam which involved taking Xrays for 50 patients, writing up case studies, then having a written and oral examination. Laura said ‘I was delighted to hear I had passed and I want to thank the dentists at the practice for training me to take Xrays – one of the reasons I joined Romsey Dental Care in 2008 was because of the positive and supportive ethos towards staff development.’ ‘Because we have high tech digital imaging including an oral scanner, the Xray images are instant and displayed on a screen in front of the patient which is great for patient care.’
Staff at Romsey Dental Care in Station Road were delighted to hear that the practice has been awarded the prestigious British Dental Association Good Practice Award.
Yana Marshall from Romsey Dental Care was delighted to hear that she had passed her National Certificate for Dental Nurses and is now a fully qualified dental nurse. Yana worked very hard throughout the two years of her studies which culminated in a comprehensive examination in May involving written, oral and ‘spotter’ tests. Yana said ‘it is a big relief to know that all the hard work paid off and I want to thank everyone at the practice for supporting me during my studies. I really love my role as it is very rewarding to be closely involved in every aspect of the patients’ dental care and to see first hand the wonderful results that can be achieved’.
Staff at Romsey Dental Care have raised more than £1700 for the XLP Research Trust by taking part in the towns triathlon on Sunday. Swimmer Laura McGregor (dental nurse) runner Andy Hey (hygienist) and cyclist Samantha Price (dentist) were cheered all the way by their colleagues.
Staff at Romsey Dental Care in Station Road were delighted to hear that the practice has been shortlisted into the top three for one of the Test Valley Business Awards – the HSA Excellence Through People Award. Practice owner Samantha Price said this is fantastic news, which is recognition for our teams commitment to providing outstanding customer service. I believe that our continued success in the current challenging economic environment is due to great teamwork, investment in state-of-the-art technology for our patients benefit during 2008 we invested over £50,000 – and also our extremely competitive prices. Last year we were delighted to be runners-up in the Small Business Award, so we have our fingers crossed for the final result on April 20th when the whole team will be at the Gala Dinner.
The practice was the first in the area to install instant digital X rays, one of the first in the country to have a digital OPG (or oral scanner) and the first fully digital dental practice in the region. High quality images are not just important for diagnosis, with the new multi-media centres we can show patients very clearly where problems are developing, how to prevent them or why treatment is needed said Principal Dentist Samantha Price. We have been using intraoral cameras (which give live in-mouth video pictures) ever since we opened in Romsey 12 years ago. The new cameras are superb quality and the patient can now see the images, withtheir X-rays and scans in close-up, without leaving the dental chair. During treatment patients can relax and watch ceiling-mounted flat screen TV.
Samantha decided that the previous equipment which is still in excellent condition and worth thousands of pounds per surgery, would not be sold but donated to the charity Dentaid. The equipment will go to health centres in the developing world. Samantha commented ‘I did feel sad to see our equipment go but it is very satisfying to know that it will be put to good use in the Third World.’
Samantha added ‘Closer to home we are aware that money is tight for many people in Romsey, so we have frozen our dental fees at the 2007 level.’
Romsey Dental Care launched its environmental policy by taking part in The Big Tidy Up, a Keep Britain Tidy campaign, on 28th September 2008. We cleared rubbish from the forecourt of the disused building next door and then collected rubbish from along the canal walk in Romsey. In all, we collected 10 bags of rubbish, recycling as much of this as possible.