After almost twenty years in our current location The Bay Dental has finally grown too big for our building at 12 Alverton Terrace. The practice originally operated from two surgeries in one half of our current building. Then in 2005 we expanded into the house next door in order to be able to offer a dental hygiene service as well as incorporating disabled access, a downstairs surgery and something that was considered ground breaking at the time – a central sterilisation suite that enabled cleaning and disinfection of equipment outside the surgery.
How times have changed. Central sterilisation facilities now need double the space in order to incorporate equipment and processes which further enhance the dental profession’s enviable record for cleanliness and patient safety. Demand for ground floor operating space means that a single downstairs surgery is no longer sufficient, and an ever increasing number of patients and services on offer now mean that our four dental operating rooms are barely enough to cope with demand. If you add on the space requirements of all manner of digital imaging equipment which is now available to aid diagnosis and simplify treatment procedures, it’s no wonder we’ve decided to move!
Our new premises will be in the Rosemellyn building, which was previously a GP practice until very recently. It’s probably less than a minute’s walk (towards penzance town centre) from our current building and with approximately double the space we are planning to make it something special.
There will be six operating rooms and they are all on the ground floor with easy, level access. We will have space for a dental CT scanner (vital for many aspects of dental implant work as well as diagnosis of anatomy in tricky root canal cases) and a digital scanner which will do away with a mouthful of dental goo each time we need to make a model of one of our patient’s teeth. We will also have additional patient toilet and waiting facilities, an on-site dental laboratory and more spacious staff facilities so we can put our feet up at the end of a long day’s work.
Builders will be swinging their first hammer blows on Monday the 11th Feb and hopefully will be finished in 3-4 months, so with luck we should be able to enjoy the new facilities sometime in May 2019.
Updates will follow on this blog and on our Facebook site – or keep an eye out for progress whenever you walk past