Currently, the dental care facility in Bureå is not operational due to a lack of resources, according to Anna-Maria Stenlund Berggren.
– We are currently facing a lack of resources. We are redirecting people to Folktandvården Ursviken, Skellefteå, or occasionally Robertsfors. Our goal is to distribute services efficiently based on the location of the residents, she says.
For those seeking help, calling the facility results in a referral to another clinic. There are similar concerns in different regions; in Byske, for example, the facility is only open a few days a week.
Regular check-ups for children and adolescents, which used to take place in Bureå, are now being moved to alternative locations.
– We are facing a challenging staffing situation that requires prioritization. However, it's important to note that Tandakuten in Skellefteå is accessible to everyone, especially those with urgent dental problems.
In addition to children and adolescents, priority is given to the vulnerable elderly in the population. Unfortunately, it is not currently possible for adults to schedule regular check-ups.
Stenlund pointed to several factors contributing to the staff shortage, including the departure of newly recruited staff within a few years, with some leaving for private practice. Retaining newly trained professionals in Norrland is a challenge, as many tend to return to their home towns after a short time.
The future of dental care in Bureå remains uncertain. Stenlund revealed that efforts are underway to explore various alternatives to solve the dental care challenges in the area.
– We are actively working on solutions for the local population, and while the current diversion is in place, we are committed to finding a permanent solution, she said.