COVID – 19 Important Patient Information
Thank you for your understanding
An update on NHS dental services at our practice
As you will know, the Prime Minister has confirmed that public restrictions will be significantly eased on 19th July 21.
Under the Government guidance ‘Health & Care settings will continue to maintain appropriate infection prevention and control processes as necessary and this will be continually reviewed. Guidance will be updated based on the latest clinical evidence this summer. “You can find this online: http//www.gov/government/publications/covid-19-response-summer-21-roadmap/covid-19-response-summer-2021.
In line with Government guidance, England’s Chief Dental Officer Sara Hurley has informed us that the infection prevention control measures in dentistry should continue to be followed until further notice. These are important measures from Public Health England aimed at limiting the spread of the virus in dental settings. We’re also continuing to follow NHS dentistry’s standard operating procedures which helps us make this guidance work.
This means three things for patients:
1. If you need to come into the surgery for an appointment, please remember that social distancing remains in place in the dental practice and to wear a face covering upon entering the building.
2. We will continue to have restrictions on leaving time between patients to ventilate rooms if we perform an aerosol generating procedure. An aerosol generating procedure is a medical procedure that can result in the release of airborne particles (aerosols) from the respiratory tract when treating someone who is suspected or known to be suffering from an infectious agent transmitted wholly or partly by the airborne or droplet route. In dentistry this means the use of something like a high-speed drill. Furthermore, these restrictions to keep patients safe do have an impact on how many patients we can fit into a working day.
3. We are also following the Chief Dental Officer’s advice that we should prioritise patients for treatment based on urgency and priority groups, such as this at more risk of dental disease or children.
Similar public health measures are still in place for hospital and GP practices too.
Every dental practice is working extremely hard to provide care to their patients, within the restrictions and guidance to ensure that it is safe for patients to visit the dentist.
We hope that this helps clarify why these measures are in place for every NHS dental practice.
Please do give us a call if you think you need to see us, we are open for patients.
Best wishes and keep safe,