After years of anticipation, Fraserburgh’s new £1.8m dental centre has opened its doors to the public at a special opening ceremony.
The Faithlie Dental Centre, which is situated on the Fraserburgh Hospital site, opened on Tuesday, January 14.
Director of Public Health Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie, who lives in Fraserburgh, had the honour of officially opening the state of the art building.
The opening event was also attended by those involved in the design and construction of the new building, NHS staff and Fraserburgh councillors Brian Topping and Charles Buchan.
The Faithlie development, built by Morrison Construction and financed through NHS Grampian capital funding, will provide general dentistry, therapist services and a visiting specialist service for children and patients with learning disabilities.
The centre will operate collaboratively between NHS Grampian’s Public Dental Service and local independent dentist David Shaw.
Commenting, Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie said: “It’s a tremendous facility for the people of Fraserburgh and the surrounding area.
“I was born on this site. I was born and brought up in Fraserburgh, I still live in Fraserburgh and I worked on this very site as a young doctor and therefore I am most privileged to be able to open this facility today.
“I would like to congratulate everyone who brought this to fruition and everyone who will be involved in its ongoing good work.
“I’m sure the public in our local communities will very much welcome the development of this state of the art facility.”
Fraserburgh councillor Brian Topping said: “I was delighted to be in attendance at the opening of the Faithlie Dental Centre.
“I was very impressed with the facility, it’s a great asset to the town and for people who need dental treatment. The school dentist will now be based here as well.
“The centre is going to be great for staff as well as the people using it and I wish it well.”
Local councillor Ian Tait commented: “I first became involved with the need for better dental services in 2010 and had discussions with the Chief Executive of NHS Grampian about this. I requested a meeting with senior NHS Grampian officials and met them in Fraserburgh to go over the various options.
“It has taken NHS Grampian some time but I am delighted that NHS Grampian has now reached the stage of opening this new surgery.
“It will reduce waiting times and I am delighted that NHS patients will be seen by all three dentists and that one dentist will be devoted to NHS patients only,” he added.
Councillor Charles Buchan said: “I was delighted to one of the two councillors attending the opening ceremony, performed by the Head of NHS Grampian, Fraserburgh man Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie, a former pupil of Fraserburgh Academy.
“I was very impressed by the state-of-art facilities in the brand new building.
“Everything is spanking new, including x-ray equipment, and the newest type of sterilisers for instruments. The practice has its own specialists in sedation and skilled nursing.
“A few years ago, it was almost impossible to get on a Fraserburgh dentist’s list as a NHS patient. How things have changed! We now have this brand new practice with plenty of openings for patients.
“I congratulate and thank NHS Grampian for providing this big new opportunity for the town and district which will go a long way to improve our dental health.”