An Evaluation of A Practice-Based Minor Oral Surgery Service

Dyer, Thomas Anthony and Lau, Jessica Ga Lai (2018) An Evaluation of A Practice-Based Minor Oral Surgery Service. Primary Dental Journal, 7 (3). pp. 30-36. ISSN 2050-1692

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Aim To report the findings of a service evaluation of an NHS practice-based minor oral surgery service. Method A service evaluation including a retrospective analysis of activity and outcome data and assessment of patient and practitioner satisfaction. Results 623 appointments were arranged, with a mean waiting time of 43 days. Treatment provided included: surgical removal of third molars and non-third molars, surgical endodontics and other surgical and oral medicine cases (29.7%, 44.1%, 3.0% and 23.4% of cases respectively). Antibiotics were prescribed at 16.1 % of treatment appointments and 1.9% required appointments for post-operative complications. All participants reported overall satisfaction with their care and strongly agreed/agreed with positive attitudinal statements about the oral surgeon's communication/information giving, technical competence and understanding and acceptance; 77.5% were seen on time and none were seen more than 15 minutes late; 87.5% felt the standard of the service was better than expected than at a hospital and none felt it was worse. Over 80 of practitioners agreed that waiting times were better than expected at a hospital, urgent problems were seen quickly and the referral process was easy and understandable. All practitioners strongly agreed/agreed they that they were happy with the service provided. Conclusions A range of minor oral surgery procedures can be provided with low complication rates, acceptable waiting times and accessibility, and high patient and referring practitioner satisfaction from a practice-based specialist oral surgery service.

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