Caistor calls for dentist in survey

Caistor news EMN-140608-093813001
Caistor news EMN-140608-093813001

Caistor residents want a dentist! A survey by West Lindsey District Council (WLDC) has found that “88 per cent” of town residents would use a Caistor dentist if there was one.

Caistor has lacked a dentist for several years following the retirement of Robert Jackson, forcing residents to travel to Brigg, Immingham, Market Rasen or Louth.

This led to petitions and public campaigns, leading the district council to survey residents in May, gaining a “strong response” of 650 replies.

District councillor Alan Caine says the results and comments have been passed to NHS England, which is responsible for dental provision.

Coun Caine says Caistor needs a dentist as it is a hub for many villages and public transport provision is sparse to take the many elderly residents to larger towns.

A WLDC spokeswoman confirmed the council backs the public campaign and NHS England would use the survey findings to plan dental services.

The survey found 88% of respondents would use a Caistor dentist, more than 80% of respondents travel more than 5 miles for a dentist with over 47% travelling more than 10 miles. 63% of respondents find the distance they need to travel for a dentist a problem, 80% feel there are not enough dentists in the area and 99% say Caistor will benefit from having an NHS dentist.