KELOWNA – Kelowna’s Gospel Mission showed off its newly expanded dental clinic Thursday.
The non-profit clinic provides dental care to low income patients free of charge and the hope is the upgrades will cut wait times.
The facility is now four times larger and has five chairs instead of two.
The expanded space is making an impression on patients that used the old clinic.
“I just couldn’t believe it. It’s just unbelievable. It’s probably one of the nicer dental offices in town,” says Dale Adamoski.
The not for profit clinic has served thousands over the years but patients did have to wait in line as the service became popular.
“[A wait of] four to six months was usual for our clinic. We were just so small that we didn’t have the capacity to see patients fast enough,” says Shirley Goebel, the Mission’s Director of Dental Services.
Now the hope is patients will be treated within three weeks.
“Could you imagine having a tooth ache and having to wait and be in pain? So we are hoping that especially those that phone that are in dire pain that need an extraction right away, we can see them within a week,” says Goebel.
The clinic relies on donations of dental equipment and supplies as well as local dental professionals volunteering their time and skills.
“The ongoing support of our very generous dental community with all the volunteer hours that they put in here, that’s what we’ll need to keep this going,” says Goebel.
There are still a few finishing touches to put on the new clinic.
The plan is to take some urgent cases next Friday before the official opening on August 18th.