It’s nice to be able to write this for you in an attempt to let Caroline focus on dentistry. For those that don’t know I’m Craig, Caroline’s husband. Many of you may have met me covering on the desk or walking around the practice and it’s nice to be able to update you all on what’s been going on at the practice over the last few months.
Initially I can’t quite believe that its May already, this year is flying bye. Caroline has been busy with her Masters since her last update finishing with the top practical mark and now ‘just’ her dissertation to go!
There is so much that has happened since Caroline’s blog I’m not sure where to start!
Firstly I’d like to welcome Sally Evans our new Associate Dentist to the practice. Caroline and I have known Sally for a long time in fact it was Sally who taught Caroline how to do extractions. She is an amazing dentist and perfect fit for the team. Sally offers a full range of general dentistry as well as being able to place implants and it really is amazing to have her as part of Moreton Dental and I am excited to see what she can bring to the team and for you all to meet her. Sally is also a very keen runner (we were both due to run the Stratford Marathon this year – until it was cancelled) and already this year she has completed the Barcelona Half Marathon, a fantastic achievement.
With Sally joining, and as mentioned in Caroline’s last blog we were building Surgery 4, which is now open. We hope you like the chair colour, chosen by Assistant head nurse Natalie, it’s a strong choice but the feedback has been brilliant. We partnered with Woodlane Dental on the construction of this Surgery, a local company based in Cirencester. It’s really important for us as a community dentist that we do all we can to support the community that we live and work in and when Woodlane became stockist’s of the chairs we use there wasn’t really another option. The build, as ever in an old building wasn’t the easiest, but we were able to open to patients on the 1st January 2023. This Surgery has so many positives it’s really quite hard to describe. Not only has it allowed us to welcome Sally to the practice 3 days a week it also gives Neve the opportunity to do more therapy work and has also allowed us to welcome back hygienist Claire on a regular basis. This is really special for Caroline as Claire has been with us from the start it’s great to see her again on a regular basis, and I know our patients feel the same, apart from my Dad who has a love – hate relationship with Claire.
Finally, it’s not escaped my or anyone at the practice that the first few months of the year have been really tough. Although life seems to be settling down with both interest rates and inflation slowing it can still be tough. I would like to reiterate Caroline’s point in her last blog ‘I would also say to all of those that may be thinking of how rising living costs might be making you consider cheap and cheerful dentistry (of which I’m seeing more and more) please please think about how much I have to do and how much I have to sacrifice to place the best implant I can and then think about the person you might see for an hour or so with no idea of their experience or ethics and what their continuity of care will be if for some reason it didn’t go to plan.’ Please remember we are here to help you and can offer multiple ways to pay to suit your budget – trust me we would rather you pay me what you can a week then let you go to overseas!!
Like I said so much exciting things have happened at the practice already at the start of this year. I wanted to finish with letting you know what I have planned for blogs this year. There will be the occasional blog from Caroline but I wanted you all to get to know the team here at the practice better over the next year with Bios and Q and A’s for you all to read and get better equated with us all!
So watch this space!