East Riding Youngsters Smiling About Their Dentists
Healthwatch Report Highlights Positive Experiences
Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire (HWERY) recently carried out a survey which aimed to investigate if young people who live in the East Riding had access to an NHS dentist and what they felt the service was like. We asked young people to contribute to the investigation through social media, surveys and public engagement. Overall we had a staggering response with over 600 young people participating in one form or another and nearly a third of that number contributing to our survey and data collection.
The report showed that nearly 66% of young people are getting access to their dentist twice a year and 88% seeing their dentist at least once a year, which is the national guideline for young people under the age of 18. The report also highlighted that over 50% wouldn’t change anything about the service they receive and most others suggested only making minor changes to the physical environment or attitude of staff.
Overall young people think very highly of their dental services and that services in the East Riding, as a whole, are doing well in helping our young people access oral care.
Matt Fawcett, Healthwatch East Riding Children and Young People’s Officer, said:
“It’s great to see that by and large young people in the East Riding are able to access dental services, and more importantly, that their experiences of those services are mostly positive.
“We would like to thank all the young people who participated in the survey and engagement for their enthusiasm in sharing their stories with us.
“We will be sharing the report with NHS England and dental practices across the East Riding. We encourage individual dental practices to respond to the comments made in the report so they can continue to improve the service they offer to younger people so that everyone’s experience can be a positive one.”