Going above and beyond the call of duty was the resounding theme among the nominations for the Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist of the Year Awards for 2013.
Each year the awards, in association with the Journal of the Irish Dental Association, invites patients to nominate their dentist if they believe they have shown exceptional care.
With 1,300 nominations submitted, the judging panel had the task of narrowing it down to one overall winner and four other entries whom they felt deserved special recognition.
Mayo-based dentist Dr Rosemary Smith was named overall winner of the award after being nominated by her patient Noeline Haylett. In her comments, Noeline said: “Rosemary not only treated me, but her patient care continued outside the confines of the surgery walls by popping into me at home, dropping in meals and making sure my pets were looked after while I was in hospital.”
Dr Smith said she believed that the dental practice is one of the key community touch points that can impact on people’s quality of life: “We have the opportunity to reach beyond our patient’s dental health to take a more holistic approach to their healthcare… In the case of my patient Noeline Haylett, I’m glad I could make a difference.”
Highly commended for the award were dentists: Dr Joanne O’Riordan from Cavan; Dr Aoife O’Connor from Bandon, Co. Cork; Dr Helen Walsh from Portobello, Dublin; and, Dr Kevin O’Brien from Carrigaline, Co. Cork.