Eyemouth Dental Clinic, in the old high school building, is due to close next month as the building is due to be demolished and no other suitable premises are available.
NHS Borders say they have been left with no option at the current time but to withdraw services from Eyemouth High School Dental Clinic. However, all NHS patients have been taken on by Eyemouth Dental Practice, 200 yards away.
There is one salaried general practitioner dentist based at the dental clinic in the old high school, who is also part of the team of dentists at Coldstream Dental Centre. All patients requiring special care currently travel to Coldstream, Kelso or Borders General Hospital for treatment and this will continue to be the case after the Eyemouth premises close.
An NHS Borders spokesperson said: “There has been no loss of salaried dentist jobs as the current incumbent at Eyemouth is being accommodated at the Coldstream Dental Centre. NHS Borders clinical director and clinical service manager have held lengthy discussions with the British Dental Association and the Scottish Health Council have been involved.”
Local MSP John Lamont is concerned that the British Dental Association (BDA) has voiced worries about what the closure could mean for patients with special needs, describing the need to travel 23 miles to Coldstream as “clearly unacceptable.” However, that has always been the case.
“I know that many patients will be concerned over this proposed closure, and I hope NHS Borders can provide assurances that there will not be a drop off in service,” said Mr Lamont.