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Healthwatch Lancashire launches project to investigate dental service provision in care homes

Healthwatch Lancashire has launched a project to investigate the access to dental services for residents in care homes across the county.

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The investigation comes after Healthwatch Lancashire have identified trends in intelligence from the 31 care homes that have been visited since October 2015 that there are difficulties accessing dental services for residents. 

The project will seek responses from care homes visited by Healthwatch Lancashire along with a sample of 120 care homes across Lancashire’s six clinical commissioning group footprints.

Care homes will be asked questions relating to residents access to effective dental services and emergency dental services, as well as any issues they have experienced for their residents.

Sheralee Turner-Birchall, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Lancashire, said: “The findings of our reports help make a real difference to the way health and social care services are delivered.

“The strength of our community engagement provides us with intelligence on the key issues affecting service users and enable us to create new projects, such as this one, as we strive to help create the best levels of care for all people across Lancashire.

To find out more about Healthwatch Lancashire’s Enter and View programme and read the latest reports please click here.