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Greek dentist hopes to solve shortage

PUBLISHED: 15:11 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 July 2010

A GREEK dentist believes he may have the answer to a shortage of affordable dentists in the Great Yarmouth area.

George Kiosses, 30, has set up a new private practice in George Street.

A GREEK dentist believes he may have the answer to a shortage of affordable dentists in the Great Yarmouth area.

George Kiosses, 30, has set up a new private practice in George Street.

He told the Mercury he was attracted to Yarmouth because he likes living in seaside port towns having completed his degree in dentistry at Aristotle University in the Greek port city of Thessaloniki.

He said: “I decided to come to Yarmouth because I know that here in England there is a great need for dentists and because I like the place. In my country, I lived for many years in cities with ports and I like Yarmouth. It is good for me.”

Shortly after qualifying, Mr Kiosses did dental work for the Greek Army before becoming a dental assistant near his home town of Serres between April 2006 and February 2007 and started his current surgery in December.

“He said: Although it is a private practice we have a specific subscription membership scheme for people because we know that many people can not go on the NHS so we make this member subscription available to them.

“The most important thing for me is for the patients to be happy with their treatment, not so much the profit, but that patients are pleased with what has been done.”

Miriam Bullock, a customer advise and information officer with the General Dental Council (GDC), confirmed Mr Kiosses is registered with the GDC, the regulatory body for the dental industry.

She said all dentists have to be registered with the GDC under British law, so their qualifications and character can be checked, while anyone not registered could face legal proceedings and fines.

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