COMMUNITY dentists have won an "Oscar" for improving the dental health of Huddersfield hospital patients.
The Calderdale and Huddersfield Community Dental Service was named the outright winner in the 2003 national Focus Awards.
It also won the category for development and good practice.
The team, based at the Princess Royal Community Health Centre in Huddersfield, won £2,000, which it will spend on resources for the service.
The awards are a joint scheme by the dentists' union, the British Dental Association, and the health departments in England, Wales and Ireland.
Lynn Cliffe, oral health promotion officer, for Huddersfield Central Primary Care NHS Trust said: "We are thrilled to receive these awards. It is an accolade to the whole team for all their hard work ."
"More importantly, this will impact on patient care, helping to drive up standards of oral health care across the patch."
The team impressed judges with their commitment to improving the dental health of hospital patients in their area, after they noticed that the oral health of people in hospital was often forgotten.
The team worked in tandem with the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust to undertake a survey of dental care in hospitals.
Using the results of the survey the team held workshops with medical colleagues and identified areas for improvement.
Following this, they produced posters and information packs for the hospital wards.
Also, cash has been secured to buy appropriate toothpastes and toothbrushes for patients.