The Health Services Authority has acquired a new mobile dental unit, which will be dedicated to providing general dental services to government primary schools that do not have in-house dental clinics.

The mobile unit, outfitted with a single dental surgery and modern technology, will rotate through the East End, North Side and Savannah Primary Schools for a duration of about three months at each institution, according to a press release from the Health Services Authority.

“We are excited to have this new unit to provide patients with a greater scope of services on the spot,” said Schools and Districts Dental Officer Dr. Andrea Maitland, “Patients can expect the same quality and scope of services as those offered by an in-house clinic.”

The new 200 square foot unit replaces the older mobile dental clinic which, after being used for more than 20 years for dental care on Grand Cayman, has become obsolete as a result of the lack of space and modern technology necessary to meet the needs of patients, the HSA said.

The new unit has a wider range of services, including digital radiography and more modern equipment, and significantly improves the patient experience and comfort through greater space.

The vehicle will operate under the direction of Dr. Maitland. In addition, dentist Dr. Carolyn Rickleton, dental hygienist Connie Irby and dental assistants Linette Pattaway and Bertilo Powery will staff the unit on a rotating basis.

The unit is already operational and being used temporarily for dental services at the Bodden Town Health Centre as the facility’s dental clinic undergoes renovation. Once the renovation is completed, the vehicle will begin its rotation through the schools.

The HSA’s new mobile dental unit will be based in Bodden Town while renovations are carried out at the Bodden Town Health Centre.

Several other schools on the island have their own in-school dental clinics, including John A Cumber Primary, George Town Primary, Red Bay Primary and Prospect Primary, as well as both Clifton Hunter and John Gray High Schools.

Those wishing to book an appointment with the Bodden Town Health Centre Dental Clinic can call 947-2299 or 525-2146 during operating hours.