PART of Doncaster’s dental access centre is to be moved into the town centre’s new £8 million health centre.
But the plans, which are expected to make the services more accessible for people on the east of the borough, have caused controversy in Mexborough, which has been the home of the facility since it was opened in 2004.
The Dental Access Centre was set up to deal with problems accessing NHS dentists in the borough, and offers a mixture of trained dentists and dental students working under their supervision. It has been based in Mexborough since it was set up
But from the start of 2012, one of the qualified dentists and the three students will be moved to the new town centre venue on St Sepulchre Gate West, due to be called the Flying Scotsman Centre.
One dentist will remain in a Mexborough centre which will be based at the Mexborough Health Centre on Adwick Road.
A spokesman for NHS Doncaster said: “The service will be provided in two places.
“It is something that we have been looking at for a while. When the centre was first opened in 2004 it was against a background of difficulties getting registered with an NHS dentist.
“There has been a lot of work put into dealing with that. We have recruited 11 new dentists, and there are new practices opening up in the next couple of weeks. That has made it easier to get appointments.
“Moving some of the work to the town centre will make it more accessible for people on the east of Doncaster in places like Thorne, where they would have to travel 30 miles to get to Mexborough.
“Everything that’s available now in Mexborough will still be available, but it will also be available in Doncaster too.”
But Mexborough Coun David Holland raised concerns over the plans.
He said: “This is another case of services going to Doncaster and everything that we have here being shifted away. It’s appalling.”