Valley Denture Clinic

AFTER eight months of renovation a historic Bacup building has been given a new lease of life with the opening of Valley Denture Clinic. Weir residents Kevin and Janet Abbott had been trading in Littleborough, but when they saw the improvements being made to the town centre as part of Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative, they knew the town was on the up and decided to look for premises nearer to home.

Kevin said: “We saw the building on King Street and it was just perfect because it was ground floor, with two entrances and it offered the space that we needed. However it did require a lot of work renovation work – there was not even any electricity.”

The former KGs youth club and café has now been transformed thanks to local trades people and family members and now boasts a reception, laboratory, surgery, decontamination unit and accessible toilets.

Kevin said: “I have been a dental technician for 28 years and qualified at Manchester University. I have a special interest in prosthetics and spent the last two years training to become a Clinical Dental Technician at the School of Dentistry at UCLAN, a diploma ratified by the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. There are around 300 Clinical Dental Technicians in the country but in the region of 50,000 general dentists. I chose to be a technician because it is a combination of science and art; in my work I am trying to imitate nature.”

Outside the building is a blue plaque as part Bacup Town Trail, which explains its history as weavers’ cottages. Many people have come in to see Janet and Kevin and recounted how the premises used to be a hardware shop with a large trowel outside, it was painted yellow and inside it smelt of linseed oil.

Janet said: “I used to be a dental nurse and when I was 18 that is when we met. I am now Practice Manager and I deal with external clients, pick ups and deliveries and chaperone patients.”

Kevin said: “There is a vast range of jobs in the dental industry and a dentist covers a very wide scope, why not go to someone who specialises in the work that needs to be done? These premises started their life being a place where items were handmade and now it has gone back to that as we hand make each denture. We even allow the patient to see their teeth being made.”

The practice also offers to visit nursing and residential homes who residents are having difficulties with dentures.

To find out more call 01706 876448 visit the businesses Facebook page Valley Denture Clinic or email enquiries@valleydentureclinic.co.uk

Story by Catherine Smyth

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