Long queue to visit a dentist in public health system

ALMOST 2000 people are waiting to see a public dentist in Rockhampton, with 211 waiting more than a year.

Latest figures from the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service show as at October 8, almost 1995 people were waiting for a general dentist appointment.

But the health service's Subacute, Ambulatory and Community Services executive director Michele Gardner said waiting times had reduced.

She said 3500 people in the Central Queensland region were waiting more than two years to see a dentist in February last year. This was reduced to zero in March 2014.

"No one has been waiting more than two years," she said.

Ms Gardner said it was a great result for Rockhampton and was achieved through a better use of resources, a standardised appointment booking system, audits of waiting lists and partnering with private dentists.

There are currently 233 people waiting for dentures in Rockhampton.

Ms Gardner said the person waiting the longest for dentures had been on the list since March this year.

The number of people waiting to see a public dentist has also improved in Rockhampton in just the past two months.

Information tabled to Queensland Parliament recently showed 344 people had been waiting more than a year to see a dentist, as of August 31.

The number of people waiting to see a dentist for a general appointment has decreased about 170 in about a month.

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service's dental waiting times make up about 5% of the state's total number of people waiting to see a dentist.

WAITING TIMES

1995 people waiting to see a dentist

211 have been waiting more than a year

No one has been waiting for more than two years



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