The Dental Department is responsible for providing dental services to the civilian population of the Falkland Islands. The department is also responsible for providing urgent treatment for temporary visitors such as tourists and fishermen. The latter are vital to the economy of the islands.

Based in the hospital, the department consists of a team of two full time dental officers and three dental nurses.

There are three surgeries, all upgraded in 2007. There is a small laboratory, though the majority of laboratory work is sent overseas. Dental equipment and supplies are regularly updated.

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A wide range of treatments are undertaken, including endodontics, complex extractions, minor oral surgery, basic prosthetics, and emergency treatment including facial trauma. Dental extractions and oral surgery requiring general anaesthesia are undertaken in the operating theatre of the hospital under full support of theatre and anaesthetic staff.

For reasons of both logistics and cost, FIG cannot provide fixed appliance orthodontic treatment and will not fund it overseas, except in the most severe cases.

Oral health in the islands has been very poor historically across all age ranges, largely due to poor access to dental services in the past. One key area of activity is the annual screening programme for school children. Those who need treatment are then encouraged to attend the dental department. Recent audit results from the screening and treatment programme show improvements in the dental health of school children.

Demand for treatment is high. Once treatment is complete, patients are recalled at a date specified in accordance with their dental health and predicted need.

The majority of dental treatment is provided free of charge to residents. However, charges are made for certain aesthetic items such as veneers, complex treatments, and the restoration to dental fitness of those who have neglected their teeth.

Out of hours emergency dentistry is under- taken by the two dental teams on weekly rotation. Call outs are generally triaged by the casualty team in order to minimise the frequency of attendance for the dentist. Weekend call outs are generally for foreign fishermen who are in port for one day only and need an extraction: this can usually be predicted the day before.

The dental officers co-operate with the military dental officer at Mount Pleasant by providing occasional emergency cover and sup- port for any referrals for oral surgery under general anaesthetic requiring the operating theatre in the KEMH.

Opening Hours

Reception

Monday to Friday

08.30 – 17.00 

Tel: 28000

Casualty

Monday - Friday

08.30 – 16.30 

Out of hours  Tel: 28052

The casualty nurse is On-Call for all emergencies or ambulance call outs.

Pharmacy 

Monday - Friday

09.30 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 17.00

Primary Care Appointments

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

09.50 – 12.00 and 14.30 – 16.30

Wednesday

09.50 – 12.00 and 14.30 – 15.30

Dental appointments

Monday - Friday

08.30 – 12.00 and 13.30 – 15.30

Tel: 28020