For out of hours emergencies call NHS24 on 111.

Opening Hours : Mon 9-8pm, Tue to Thur 9-5.15pm, Fri 9-5pm
  Contact : 01506-652135

Mouth Cancer Action Month 2018

Mouth Cancer Action Month aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer and save lives by promoting the values of prevention and early detection.

The campaign is about making everybody more aware and throughout November, we are inviting new patients to call and book a free mouth cancer check-up where our dentists will discuss the risk factors and signs and symptoms associated with the disease.

By communicating the causes of mouth cancer, we can encourage healthier lifestyles and reduce the number of people diagnosed with the disease.  It is also important to recognise the early warning signs so that we can act on any unusual changes in the mouth as soon as possible.

The importance of Mouth Cancer Action Month

In the UK, more than 7,800 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year and globally there are in excess of 300,000 new cases every year.

The number of people being diagnosed with mouth cancer has grown by around a third in the last decade and remains one of the very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years.

Although risk factors (such as smoking and alcohol) are responsible for many mouth cancers, it is a disease that can affect anyone.

That is why it is so important we all know what to look out for.

  • Don’t leave a mouth ulcer unattended for more than three weeks.
  • Don’t ignore any unusual lumps or swellings or red and white patches in your mouth.
  • Regularly check your own mouth, lips, cheeks, head and neck for anything out of the ordinary.

Help us by promoting these messages. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate. Book an appointment by calling us on 01506 652135. Quick action is very often life-saving.

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We are currently accepting new NHS patient registration for dental treatments

At our comfortable state of the art dental surgery in the centre of Bathgate, Iristonhouse Dental Practice provide NHS dental services to local residents from Bathgate, Armadale, Livingston, Blackburn and all over West Lothian.

We offer a full range of NHS Dental treatments and services and treatment is free for:-

  • everyone aged under 18
  • those aged under 19 in full-time education
  • pregnant women
  • nursing mothers until their baby is 12 months old
  • those with certificated exemption from payment because of income

Please bring evidence of any exemption with you to the dentist.

If your exemption from payment changes during a course of treatment, please tell your dentist.

If you would like to register with us or want more information Contact Us

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New Dental Nurse

The practice is pleased to welcome new Dental Nurse Michelle to the team. Michelle is GDC registered with 7 years’ experience and has a very calming and caring personality which our patients really enjoy.

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Practice Inspection

The practice was recently inspected by Health Board inspectors. All NHS practices are subject to a practice inspection process and must undergo an inspection by the Health Board every 3 years. The inspection focuses on many aspects, including staff training and development, patient care, decontamination of instruments, cross infection controls and radiographic protection. Iriston House passed with flying colours!

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Hands on CPR

The team at Iriston House Dental Practice recently completed our annual CPR training. Occurrences of medical emergencies in dental practices are thankfully rare. However, it is important to make sure that our team is prepared for such situations if they should arise. The team are taught how to deal with different aspects of medical emergencies as well as the use of our defibrillator. The training was delivered by Steven Murray of TTC Medical.

What is CPR?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is an emergency procedure in which a person presses up and down on the casualty’s chest (chest compressions) and gives them a series of rescue breaths to help save their life when they are in cardiac arrest.

About defibrillators

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.

This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival. If you come across someone who has had a cardiac arrest it’s vital to call 999 and start CPR. Then you should find out if there is a defibrillator nearby.

There are many defibrillators available in public places such as train stations, shopping centres, airport and leisure centres. These defibrillators are often known as public access defibrillators (PAD) as anyone can use them in an emergency. You shouldn’t be afraid of using a defibrillator if someone has had a cardiac arrest.

 

 

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Infection Control and Decontamination

Effective decontamination and infection control is reliant on each team member knowing what they should do and having the skills to put this knowledge into practice.

In-Practice Training

The in-practice training session has been developed to help support all NHS practices, in Scotland, in implementing current infection control and decontamination guidance. The training session which lasts approximately 3hrs is a blend of PowerPoint presentation and practical. It covers the following areas; hand hygiene, cleaning instruments, environmental cleaning and the testing and maintenance of decontamination equipment.

The whole dental team is trained using PowerPoint presentation and hands on training. A question and answer session follows this presentation.

The main point of the training is to enable practices to look at their existing processes and to consider any changes required to improve and thus bring the practice closer to the requirements of current guidance. Formulating an agreed action plan detailing timescales and responsibilities is an essential component of the training.

Iriston House Dental Practice are pleased to say we passed with flying colours.

 

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Festive Arrangements

The practice will be closed over the festive season and an emergency out of hours service will be available for dental emergencies and toothache. For details of the out of hours service please call the practice on 01506 652135 or contact NHS 24 on 111

24th December – CLOSED
25th December – CLOSED
26th December – CLOSED
27th December – CLOSED
28th December – OPEN 8.45-5pm
29th December – OPEN 8.45 -5pm
30th December – OPEN 8.45 -5pm
31st December – CLOSED
1st January. – CLOSED
2nd January. – CLOSED
3rd January. – CLOSED
Normal opening hours resume from 4th January

Mr Chandra and staff would like to wish all our patients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Medics Against Violence Ball

Mr Chandra and Liz recently attended the MAV ball with their partners.mav-ball

Medics against Violence (MAV) is a Scottish Charity founded in 2008 by three Scottish Dental Surgeons, Their aim is the prevention of serious injury and death particularly among the young people of Scotland; they aim to change attitudes to violence in Scotland through education and awareness raising.

MAV members (doctors, dentist, nurses and paramedics) take part in the Schools Project. MAV members are all volunteers and they visit 13 to 14 year old pupils in schools and speak to them about the consequences of violence using a set lesson plan and film but illustrating that with experiences from their wide range of medical specialities. They concentrate on schools in areas of urban deprivation or those with high levels of youth violence and focus particularly on issues around knife crime and gang membership. A joint initiative launched with  the Violence Reduction Unit sees them train dentists to spot victims of domestic violence and signpost them towards help.

http://medicsagainstviolence.co.uk/

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Children in Need Fundraising

The staff of Iriston House had a Mad Hair and Face Day to raise much-needed funds for Children In Need. We set up a Justgiving page and raised £70. Mr Chandra kindly donated a hamper which we raffled to raise more funds. Along with donations from our very generous patients, this raised a total of £440.57. This meant we exceeded our target of £500! We raised a total of £510.57!  Thank you to everyone who donated and took part. The winner of our hamper was Mrs Christeen Brown.

Here she is receiving her hamper from Mr Chandra.

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Here are some pics of the staff dressed up. Great effort everyone!

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