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Practice manager Richard Wilson pictured in a from a dentists chair with a tv screen above him
Practice manager Richard Wilson pictured in a from a dentists chair with a tv screen above him
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HERE’S something to get your teeth into.

Patients can watch television while they have treatment at the newly-extended Elliott McCarthy Dental Care practice, in Hartlepool.

Practice manager Richard Wilson pictured watching tv from a dentists chair.

Practice manager Richard Wilson pictured watching tv from a dentists chair.

And while the dentist does their bit, they can get to choose their favourite programme to pass the time.

For those facing a nerve-wracking session which lasts even longer, they can sit back and relax with a DVD above their heads at the centre, in the Throston Grange area.

The new service is part of the treatment at the practice which has just completed a £500,000 extension and revamp which took more than a year.

It has seen the number of dental suites increased from two to six and the latest hi-tech dental equipment being added – as well as televisions above the dentist’s chair.

Business manager Richard Whitehouse said: “We recognise that not everyone likes to go to the dentist and you get patients who are a bit nervous. This is a way of distracting them.”

Patients can wear wireless headphones to listen in to the programme, to watch the DVD or just listen to the radio.

There are other new touches which distinguish Elliott McCarthy from the traditional dentist’s surgery. A beauty room with shower facilities is available to rent by beauty and medical professionals.

Helen Elliott, a principal dentist and partner of the business, said: “All our patients, be they private or NHS can now benefit from greatly enhanced waiting areas and facilities which have been furnished to the highest specification to create a superb patient experience.

“This is not only a culmination of a vision for Elliott McCarthy which we have had for years, but it also marks the introduction of ‘boutique’ style dentistry for Hartlepool.”

Pauline McCarthy, also a principal dentist and partner, praised people who had to put up with the disruption to the practice while it kept on working through the 12-month extension work.

“Hopefully they will all agree it has been worth it”, she said.

The main contractor for the builder was Hartlepool-based Alan Jackson builders, while a number of other local sub-contractors were used.

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