Job title: Consultant in Special Care Dentistry
Department: Special Care Dentistry
Telephone number: 01257 245664
Primary dental qualification: BDS NUI
Other qualifications: MDFS RCPSGlas, DSCD RCSEng, M Spec Care Dent RCPSGlas
Year of registration: 2010
GDC number: 193251
Career history: I qualified from Cork University Dental School and Hospital in 2010. Following graduation, I undertook vocational training on the West Coast of Scotland. I spent my foundation training in Glasgow, split between Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Paediatric Dentistry and Special Care Dentistry. I then spent 6 months as a Senior House Officer in Special Care Dentistry and Oral Surgery in Dundee Dental Hospital before I moved to the North West to take up my specialist training post. I qualified as a Specialist in Special Care Dentistry in 2016 and worked for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust before joining Lancashire Teaching Hospitals as a consultant in March 2017.
Specialist interests: Comprehensive dental care under general anaesthetic for patients with challenging behaviour
Clinics: Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital
Language spoken: English
Mouth Care Matters
We are delighted to be part of an innovative initiative into oral health improvement.
Mouth Care Matters is an oral health improvement project, designed to improve the oral health of patients admitted to hospital for more than 24 hours, thus improving the overall patient experience.
The Mouth Care Matters programme aims to create a specialised healthcare team that is more responsive and personalised for patients and delivers better clinical outcomes, bringing an increased awareness of the importance of good mouth care and how it impacts on general health and quality of life.
Mouth Care Matters will involve training of nursing staff, improved equipment on wards for oral care, increased recording of oral care in patient’s notes and measures to reduce denture loss to name but a few aspects of the programme. It includes participation in a national audit and all the outcomes will be measured. The project promotes a more holistic experience for the patient and focus on all aspects of healthcare throughout their time in hospital.
Finbar O’Mahony, Consultant in Special Care Dentistry said: “The Special Care Dentistry Department here at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals is very excited to part of the national roll-out of this excellent programme. There is clear and compelling evidence regarding the effects of oral health on general health. For example, the loss of dentures for inpatients can have a detrimental effect on their well-being, self-respect and dignity. It compromises their ability to eat meals and communicate clearly as well as their long-term recovery. We feel that this programme can make a significant difference to the quality of care which our patients receive, and we are happy to be able to be part of this project.”
Our Special Care Dentistry team is delighted to be implementing the Mouth Care Matters project into our hospitals, and will be rolling the programme out across both Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley District Hospital throughout 2018.