Dental Partners is a growing network of practices with an ethos of supporting its staff and charities operating within the dental sector. The opportunity to combine both these aspects of support presented itself last month when Jess Hague, a dental nurse from one of its latest acquisitions, High Green Dental Practice in Sheffield, became a volunteer for Dentaid.
As one of the world’s leading oral health charities, Dentaid’s vital work involves supplying refurbished dental surgeries and oral health care to projects in many different countries. This includes sending teams of volunteer dental professionals from the UK to countries where there is an acute shortage of dental care across a variety of settings including schools, prisons, orphanages and refugee camps.
Along with three volunteer dentists, Jess spent a week in May at a Syrian refugee camp on the Greek island of Samos, where she helped refugees who had no access to dental care. The team provided vital dental treatment along with toothbrushes and oral health products.
Jess said: “I’ve never experienced anything like this before, seeing so many people in desperate need of dental treatment – it really opened my eyes to the amazing work Dentaid’s volunteers do. I would like to thank everyone at Dental Partners for the generous contribution to the funds I needed to raise to go on this trip – I know that we really did help to make a difference.”