New tipper to benefit disabled people in Isle

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Health officials say wheelchair users from the Isle of Axholme can now get better access to dental treatment after the purchase of specialised equipment.

An electronic mobile dental chair, or wheelchair tipper, has been installed at the Ironstone centre in Scunthorpe, which can be positioned so dental equipment is within easy reach.

Patients simply reverse into the tipper and put the brake on their wheelchair.

Staff then use a remote control to tip the patient into the correct position and angle for treatment to be carried out.

Michael Stanfield, clinical director of the community dental service and specialist in special care, said: “Currently, patients in wheelchairs are either treated in their wheelchair sat upright or transferred from their wheelchair to the dental chair.

“If someone is sat upright it can be very difficult to get to their upper teeth, which makes providing treatment problematic.

“Not only does the wheelchair tipper give them better access to care, it means we can do more for them.”

Mr Stanfield added it will be used once a day on average. It cost £27,000 and was paid for by the outgoing primary care trust.