Queensway Dental Professional News
22nd May 2013
Queensway Dental Clinic has welcomed Guy Deeming as a partner to the company. Guy also retains his role as a Specialist in Orthodontics.
Guy joined the Clinic in 2009 to introduce the orthodontic service to Queensway as the lead clinician following the awarding of a new NHS contract. After four successful years at Queensway, he has now joined as a partner taking the board to five strong.
On a day-to-day basis Guy’s duties will remain the same and his time spent with patients will not be affected. One of his first tasks as partner was to employ a new team leader to help maintain and improve quality, efficiency and effectiveness in all aspects of the orthodontics business.
In the future Guy plans to build on the success of the practice to date, to ensure Queensway Orthodontics continues to offer a high-quality NHS and private service for patients and referring dentists alike.
Guy comments on his partnership: “As the clinic has become established and ever busier, a partnership seemed the next logical step to help maintain and improve the service, which the team and I can offer patients and referring colleagues. It is nerve racking of course, and a big step for me personally, but ultimately it’s extremely exciting and motivating. It’s certainly rewarding to feel a sense of ownership and pride in the quality of service and care we provide. In practical terms, it means that decisions can be made more quickly in the interests of orthodontic patients, clinic and team. I’m grateful to the existing partners, Paul, Ian, Uzma and Will for giving me this opportunity.”
Dr Paul Averley, Managing Partner, Queensway Dental Clinic said: “We’re delighted to welcome Guy to the Partnership Board and look forward to working with him in the future. Guy has proven to be an invaluable member of the team over the years, taking the orthodontic division of the Clinic from strength to strength.”
Guy qualified with honours in dentistry at the University of Newcastle. After working in a number of hospital oral surgery positions in Manchester and London, he completed his specialist training in orthodontics at Guy’s and Kingston Hospitals in London, where he was awarded the Professor Walther prize in orthodontics. As well as leading the orthodontic team at Queensway Orthodontics, Guy is a visiting specialist to the Orthodontic Department at Newcastle Dental Hospital, where he is involved in teaching trainee orthodontists and dentists. In addition to his clinical duties Guy is also actively involved with the British Orthodontic Society and is currently the Honorary Secretary of the Specialist Practitioners Group.
For more information on Queensway Orthodontics visit the website: www.queenswayorthodontics.co.uk.
26th April 2013
23rd April 2013
A free course held by Queensway at our Education Centre has been deemed a success as the Clinic continues its commitment to the North East dental industry’s education.
The Nobel Biocare ‘Esthetic Alliance Program’ course was presented in four, three hour sessions at our Billingham practice and is currently one of only three available throughout the entire UK.
The course provided in-depth lectures, hands-on training and treatment planning experience for the dental delegates who attended, leaving them with further knowledge on restorative dentistry.
Ian Lane, Managing Partner, Queensway Dental Clinic, is also a North East lecturer for Nobel Biocare as well as being an experienced implant practitioner. He discusses the course he delivered on behalf of Nobel Biocare: “Presently, some of the dentists who attended the course refer their patients to us for both their implant work and the restorative dentistry that follows the implant placement. The course aims to educate local dentists so that the latter restorative work can be completely by themselves. Whilst this obviously takes work away from us, we realise how important it is for patients to be treated by their own dentist wherever possible.
“Queensway has a strong education agenda – not just for our staff, but for the entire North East – and the Nobel Biocare course is just one example. We’re fortunate to have both the skilled, qualified staff and the facilities to be able to provide a course such as this, being only one of three across the entire UK currently doing so.”
Pete Ivin, Dentist, Alpha Dental Practice, Northallerton and Family Dental Practice, Redcar, attended the course as a delegate. He said: “I have previously attended the General Implant Forum & Training (GIFT) course led by Queensway. The relatively ‘small group teaching‘ worked really well and with like-minded practitioners there was quite a relaxed feel and plenty of lively discussion. The course re-enforced again the importance of really good patient assessment, the importance of excellent treatment planning and use of special investigations, where appropriate, and the importance of teamwork for success. The course has given me greater confidence to identify treatment plan implant cases and consider restoration of dental implants in my own work environment.”
Queensway will be running the second module of the course in September, based on treatment planning and restoring an anterior single tooth. For those interested please contact Coral Milner on 01642 554667 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
19th February 2013
Queensway Dental Clinic has announced a new partnership with the University Hospital of Hartlepool. This means that the clinic can provide a new general anaesthetic service for adults who have a severe phobia of visiting the dentist. This new service is thought to be a first for the north east.
Whilst approximately one in four members of the public suffer from Odontophobia – dental fear – only five per cent of the population suffer from a ‘severe dental fear’. In a bid to tackle this issue, Queensway Dental Clinic has partnered with the University Hospital of Hartlepool to provide – for suitable adults only on a private basis – a general anaesthetic service for those patients who have a severe phobia, for whom other methods such as conscious sedation are inappropriate.
Managing Partner, Dr. Paul Averley, Queensway Dental Clinic, explains the reasons behind the new service: “For the treatment of a vast majority of adult patients at Queensway who may be anxious or nervous about their dental procedure, we have a full range of facilities on hand, together with highly qualified staff members who are able to assess a patient’s needs, treating them on-site with whichever service is deemed most appropriate, such as conscious sedation. However, as you will be well aware, there are a small number of people whose phobia of the dentist is so severe that they haven’t attended check-ups nor had their dental issues attended to for many years, sometimes even decades, resulting in substantial oral health issues. It is for these patients for whom all other pain and anxiety control methods have been exhausted, that we have introduced this general anaesthetic service.
Prior to the introduction of our new service there was almost no provision in place in the north east of England for adults suffering from very severe dental fears. We are delighted that by working with the University Hospital of Hartlepool, we are now able to help these adults.”
Private adult patients wanting to undergo dental treatment with the support of general anaesthetic will attend an initial assessment at Queensway Dental Clinic in Billingham, where Dr Paul Averley will ensure that all patients who are to be put forward for a general anaesthetic have genuine oral health needs and severe anxiety issues which cannot be met using other methods, such as conscious sedation. This rigorous patient assessment will weigh up the risks with the benefits, working closely with the patient to help them make a balanced decision for the overall good of their oral health, ensuring that they understand risks which may be involved with undergoing a general anaesthetic.
If the patient is deemed suitable they will have an appointment made for them at the University Hospital of Hartlepool where an experienced team from Queensway comprising a lead dentist, anaesthetist and nurse will work with the Hospital’s staff to provide treatment and after care.
Dr. Averley continues: “We are also happy to work with fellow dental practitioners across the country on a referral basis, should they have patients who would benefit from this service. We are working with a local hotel to offer preferential room rates and are happy to discuss travel and accommodation with patients. As we have specialists in oral surgery and orthodontics and dentists with a special interest in periodontics and endodontics, together with many years’ of experience in dental implants, we already work closely with dental practices in the north east on a referral basis.”
For patient information on the general anaesthetic service, please click here.
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5th February 2013
On Monday 4th February, the British Association of Oral Surgeons hired out Queensway’s education centre to host their North East study evening. As well as an opportunity to catch up with colleagues, a presentation was delivered by Dr Ian Lane, Mr Rob Banks and Mr Richard Elliott on All-on-4™ Dental Implants.
The trio of speakers alongside Nobel Biocare Regional Manager Mrs Fiona Marshall delivered information on the unique All-on-4™ treatment concept which allows for efficient and reliable full-arch restoration in the maxilla and mandible with only 4 implants.