A DENTIST'S surgery is all set to fill a gap in Hyndburn after being re-opened by Hyndburn's MP Greg Pope following a £280,000 revamp.
The Oakleigh Dental Practice on Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, has been kitted out with a raft of equipment including new chairs and has also been redecorated.
The surgery first opened its doors in January 2004 as one of the "personal dental services" of Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Primary Care Trust (PCT). This means it is committed to providing NHS dentistry in the area.
It employs two dentists and a hygienist and has around 5,000 patients on its books.
Martin Hill, chairman of the PCT, said: "I am delighted this practice has been refurbished. This is yet another piece in the jigsaw for NHS dentistry in Hyndburn and part of a well-thought-out plan to improve NHS dental provision for our residents.
"A great deal of credit must go to the dentists who are so committed to the NHS and of course to the team at the PCT who have been working hard to get NHS dentistry back on the road to recovery."
Derek Cummins, associate director of primary care, added: "What is particularly important for us is the fact that we are not only creating new NHS dental places but we are improving the buildings and environment that people experience when they use NHS dentists."