MOUTH CANCER SCREENING ACCREDITIATION SCHEME PRACTICE OF THE MONTH – EPSOM DENTAL CENTRE TEAM

 

MONDAY 6TH JANUARY 2014

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Interviews Available:    Mouth Cancer Foundation Consultant – Elizabeth Laverack

                                    Epsom Dental Centre – Dr Chig Amin

To set up an interview and for more information please call Media Ambitions on + 44 (0) 208 940 2222 or email elizabeth@mediaambitions.com.

Today, a dental practice in Epsom is announced as the first Practice of the Month for the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme in 2014.  The Epsom Dental Centre team has proven they go above and beyond to implement the charity’s Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme* so was chosen from all dental practices across the UK who have signed up to the charity’s new scheme.  By joining the scheme the dental practice is placing the onus on their own team to actively prove they are carrying out a thorough head and neck cancer check at routine appointments.

The scheme is a ‘Two minutes to save a life’ screening protocol, which is a 10-point checklist that every dentist should be able to include in their routine examinations, whether they’re based at an NHS, private or mixed practice.  The charity accredits dental practices that meet the criteria. 

Here Dr Chig Amin outlines how Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme has inspired her team to raise public awareness of mouth cancer.

Practice Name:            Epsom Dental Centre

Practice Address:        37 Waterloo Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8EX

Size of Practice:           5 surgeries, 3 dentists, 1 orthodontist, 3 hygienists, 3 nurses and 2 receptionists

Practice website:         www.epsomdental.co.uk

Scheme Lead:              Dr Chig Amin

Tell Us about Your Practice

Established in 2000, Epsom Dental Centre is a thriving local dental practice providing all types of dentistry from a simple scale and polish to complex dental implants and orthodontics.  The patient is at the heart of everything we do and each patient is given personal advice suited to their needs and made to feel at ease.  Regular patient feedback surveys help to measure progress and we are flexible enough to tweak our services as a result of comments to make them the best they can possibly be.

What attracted you to the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme?

The practice has strong community ties and we regularly give dental health talks at local nurseries and schools, engaging children with fun activities to get the right messages across.  When we heard about the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme, we really wanted to get involved in this project that aims to increase public awareness of mouth cancer and focus on early detection by the dental team. 

As dental professionals, there are many ways we can help our patients, but early detection and quick referral for mouth cancer has to be one of the most important of them all, and the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme has ensured that we are up to date with best practice in this regard.
 
How has the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme helped Epsom Dental Centre Team reach best practice standards in the management of mouth cancer in general practice?

The scheme training and documentation requirements have meant that the practice now has very structured protocols in the management of suspected mouth cancer cases,  The screening protocol is part of our routine examination and it ensures that every patient receives the same comprehensive and thorough check.  Through the scheme we have also been able to educate patients on the lifestyle risks that can lead to mouth cancer, and we have information leaflets available in the waiting rooms to increase our patients’ awareness of mouth cancer risk factors.

What benefits has Epsom Dental Centre Team seen for the team, patients and wider community since introducing the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme into practice?

The practice is very proud to be a member of the scheme and the team really enjoyed working together to fulfil the criteria and achieve the accreditation.  We have had several comments from patients stating that they feel reassured that they belong to a practice that has this accreditation,  and this has strengthened our relationships with our patients as a result.

On 1st November 2013,  which is the first day of Mouth Cancer Action Month,  the practice held a free mouth cancer screening day for the general public, which as well as the screenings allows us to deliver advice about mouth cancer and raise awareness to the local community.

What the Team thinks about the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme

“As a cancer survivor myself, I feel passionate about any steps we can take to fight this dreadful disease.  It only takes a couple of minutes to have a mouth cancer check by one of our dentists. Epsom Dental centre is the only practice in Surrey that is accredited by the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme.  We plan to offer a free screening service every few months.  This may just save someone’s life.”

Joanne Kenny, Dental Nurse

“It’s great that the practice is part of the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme and we have all undertaken CPD in this area.  As dental professionals, I think we are the best placed to spot early signs of mouth cancer, and we can now work as a team to help all of our patients.”

Diane Humphries, Dental Nurse

What the Patients Say about Epsom Dental Centre

“A professional yet welcoming surgery that puts the patient at the centre of everything they do. Easy to contact, wide range of services, different appointment times, and value for money. I am always remembered by the small dedicated team that care for me – same faces after 11 years!!”

Nick G, Epsom

“Epsom Dental Centre is a clean, modern and professional practice. I have been with them for over 12 years, and this is by far the best dentist practice I have ever had. They really want you to have the best dental health you can have. They are always truthful about any treatment required and you never feel you are getting treatment you don’t need. A friendly bunch of people who make going to the dentist a pleasure.”

Lynda H, Epsom

The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme is open to any dental practice whose clinicians are registered with the GDC.  For more information or to join please contact the Mouth Cancer Foundation via info@mouthcancerfoundation.org or call +44 (0) 1924 950 950 for more information.

-ENDS-

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NOTES TO EDITORS

The Mouth Cancer Foundation – www.mouthcancerfoundation.org

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a registered charity no. 1109298.

* The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme helps dentists to know what they are looking for and how to check and refer patients.  This will allow head and neck cancers to be caught earlier.  Head and neck cancers are particularly vicious and debilitating when detected late.  Patients who survive are a huge drain on medical resources for the rest of their lives, in terms of post operative and the psychological care required.  With earlier detection, lives are saved and costs on the NHS will reduce dramatically. 

The scheme is a ‘Two minutes to save a life’ screening protocol, which is a 10-point checklist that every dentist should be able to include in their routine examinations. 

Full membership includes access to a dedicated section of the charity website and FREE 1 hour CPD element as well as professional development and training modules suitable for all members of the practice team to ensure regular screening benefits practice patients.

In the UK, nearly 8000 people are diagnosed with Mouth Cancer every year.  Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area. In its very early stages, these Mouth Cancers can be easy to ignore.  Symptoms include:

1. An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks

2. A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than 3 weeks

3. A difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue

5. A numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth

6. A feeling that something is caught in the throat

7. A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks

8. An unexplained loosening of teeth with no dental cause

More information about Mouth Cancer is available at the Mouth Cancer Foundation web site www.mouthcancerfoundation.org or by emailing info@mouthcancerfoundation.org.

 

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