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Welcome to Montagu Outreach May 2013

The Faculty of Dentistry undertook a second outreach programme to Montagu from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May 2013.


 Montagu Outreach May 2013


The Faculty of Dentistry undertook a second outreach programme to Montagu from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May 2013.

The team consisted of eleven 5th years, five 4th years and two 3rd year dental students as well as four lecturers and three drivers.  We arrived late on the Friday afternoon to set up our equipment and after a good supper at the Avalon Springs Hotel, we spent the night on a guest farm, De Bos, in Montagu and enjoyed the rural setting complete with some farm animals.

Saturday morning breakfast was enjoyed in the cold morning air, and then we left for the clinic.  Unlike our previous visit, there were a more manageable number of patients in the waiting room when we arrived, and after a briefing session we soon got to work. ​ 


Breakfast on the farm                                                        Arriving for work

The team had a briefing session in the staff room, and then began treating patients.  We used our Mobile Clinic with its 2 chairs, 5 portable chairs, lights and suction units set up in the consulting rooms and also used the clinic’s dental surgery.

A team of three (2 fifth years and Dr Peerbhay) went over to Montagu Hospital to see to the 15 preschoolers who had been booked for extractions under General Anaesthesia.  Dr Lötter, the State Dentist from Robertson was again there to help us and by 17:00 all the patients had been treated successfully, 150 teeth having been extracted.

Treatment, meanwhile, carried on steadily at the clinic and patients continued to arrive during the day.  Once again Sr Edith Pengelley and her staff worked and supported us for the whole weekend and freed us up to do the clinical work.


Clinic staff who helped                                                       Students working


Student working hard                                             Students relaxing (after hard work)​

At the end of the Saturday we had seen 127 patients and extracted 307 teeth, filled 8 and scaled and polished 9 patients.


Student working in the mobile                                Students happy to be in the mobile

After dinner and 2 hours swimming in the hot springs, the students retired for the night.

We returned on the Sunday morning, and the work continued.  As usual, the students worked hard throughout the morning and we saw a further 77 patients before stopping for lunch.  After the big clean-up and pack up (all the portable equipment, instruments and consumables have to be loaded into the mobile clinic), a brief word of thanks and a final photograph, the students arrived back safely at Tygerberg at about 17:00.  The third years then had to prepare for their pathology test on the Monday!

This visit to Montagu was quieter than the last one, and for that we are thankful.  However, we still treated 219 patients, extracted 716 teeth, filled 12 teeth and scaled and polished 11 patients.  All in all, a good weekend of work.


The Montagu Team of May 2013

Once again, this outreach was a very good service learning opportunity for the students and it provided a much needed service to this community.

The Friends of Montagu Hospital, and in particular Professor Sir David Hall, were once again very helpful in arranging accommodation and meals at prices we could afford - thank you!

The support from the Department of Health staff in the Cape Winelands Health District in general and at the Montagu Clinic in particular, was superb, and having them there to help us on the day was great.  A big thank you to them, we could not have done it without them. 

A big thank you is also due to the Faculty of Dentistry for funding the weekend, and to the staff of the dental faculty, who were there to supervise the treatment, Profs Louw and Myburgh and Dr Peerbhay.  Prof Louw’s wife, Julie, also helped us by assisting with instrument sterilization.  Dr Horak, a private practitioner from Bonnievale was also there to see for himself what we did and he helped us for most of the Saturday.  This is greatly appreciated.

Our three faithful drivers got us there and back safely – thank you.

But, most importantly, a big thank you is due to the students who voluntarily gave up their weekend to help others, and really enjoyed doing so – in fact one student emailed me: “Thank you so much for granting me the opportunity of a lifetime, an awesome weekend never to be forgotten!”  Their enthusiasm, cheerfulness, commitment to their patients and the professional service that they provided was exemplary.  We are proud of them all!


Dr Rob Barrie

Faculty of Dentistry Outreach Coordinator

16 May 2013​

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