LEIGH folk could soon benefit from ultra-cheap dentistry after a pioneering deal to provide practices in supermarkets was announced for the town.
Retail giant Sainsbury’s confirmed it has applied for planning permission to turn part of the store at the Parsonage Retail Park into a facility for looking after teeth and gums as part of a partnership with the Centre for Dentistry.
The surgery would take up part of the retail space inside the supermarket, which was completed earlier this year, and would be staffed by a team of one dentist, two nursing staff and two employees carrying out administrative roles.
The plan submitted to the local authority shows two surgeries and a consultation room as well as a room for staff to take their breaks and a waiting area for patients.
If the decision from the planning department at Wigan Council, which is expected on October 1, is positive the supermarket said it would expect to get the new practice open in just a few weeks.
The practice will be run on an appointment basis, with walk-in treatment available wherever possible for urgent or emergency cases, and will be open during shopping hours to make getting treatment both affordable and convenient for families.
A Centre for Dentistry spokesman said: “We will be opening early in the morning, late in the evenings and at weekend, so there will be no need to take time off work or school to attend appointments.
“We will offer a full range of dental treatments including fillings, crowns and teeth whitening, and our practice will have state-of-the-art equipment.
“Services will be priced mid-way between the NHS and standard private dental care, which we hope will make it affordable for families.”
If Wigan Council gives its approval to the plans, the Leigh practice will be the 14th built by Sainsbury’s in partnership with the Centre for Dentistry.
The application to adapt part of the supermarket on the retail park has currently been delegated to the council’s officers for a decision.