MORE than 250 patients will be seen each week at the new Oral Health Centre which has officially been opened by Health Minister Cameron Dick.

Mr Dick visited Hervey Bay on Tuesday morning to officially open the centre following the community cabinet meeting in Bundaberg on the weekend.

Since the clinic started seeing patients in July more than 3440 had been treated at the centre.

"This will have a real impact on dental waiting lists and improve the oral health of countless Fraser Coast patients," Mr Dick said.

The clinic will also train three dental students, which Mr Dick said was good news for dental health in regional areas.

The facility has 16 chairs, a lab and a general and specialist oral and health service.

"This complements the refurbished oral health facilities at Maryborough and significantly increased the capacity of public health facilities on the Fraser Coast," Mr Dick

It took $8 million to build the new facility which was announced in 2009.



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