Launch day for The Real Junk Tooth Project on 3rd December met or exceeded everyone's expectations and even made a spot on BBC Radio Leeds local news show.
Click the link to listen to the spot on Jonny l'Anson's news programme. Move the slider along to listen from 2:07:55 to 2:16:00.
With live Interviews with patients, one of whom had not visited a dentist for 20 years and another who had been unable to find an NHS dentist available in Dewsbury since moving here 4 years ago, the first patients seemed to confirm that the emergency service was reaching the right target audience.
There were also contributions from the volunteer dentists providing their services for free, Dentaid who are supporting the project and from Paul Burr who made the connection that users of The Real Junk Food Project who are in food insecurity probably don't have an income that enables them to pay for normal dental services - and ended up with dental pain as a result.
Advice to patients about how to access further treatment available through the NHS was made available as a follow up while feedback was obtained from patients about how the limited emergency treatment matched their expectations.
The service is planned to continue for 3 months in the pilot project in Dewsbury before the results are reviewed to see how it may need to be adapted and may be rolled out to other locations.