03/05/2021 Update for Dentistry in Tier 3 Lockdown
We hope you are all keeping well and managing through these challenging times. We wanted to give you a further update on the current situation.
As you will all be well aware, we are now starting to move away the most severe lockdowns with the hope that there will be further relaxing of the restrictions over the next couple of months.
However, we currently still need to practice dentistry following the guidelines and restrictions which we have been following since November. This greatly reduces the capacity at which we can operate, resulting in far fewer daily appointment slots and reducing the number of surgeries (and therefore dentists) available. We estimate that we are currently only able to work at about 25% of our usual capacity.
Therefore, we currently need to prioritise those suffering pain, infection and trauma. We are triaging all calls and offering as many appointments as we can, and offering advice for self-care where possible. Part of our usual work is screening for oral cancer, so should you have any concerns about any abnormalities, then please contact us.
The team have worked tirelessly to ensure that we can provide a safe environment for you to attend following all the current guidelines and protocols. Those of you who have attended over the past few months will be aware of the changes we have made, and hopefully appreciate the effort we have put in to ensure we can continue to provide dental treatment.
We will attempt to reintroduce our check-up and scale and polish recall systems as soon as we can, but we would appreciate your patience and understanding around this. We understand that all of you have gone long periods of time without attending the practice for routine visits, but we will endeavour to be in contact with you as soon as we are in a position to do so.
In the meantime, we would encourage you all to pay extra attention to your daily oral hygiene regime, brushing for 2 minutes 2-3 times daily and using either interdental brushes or floss to clean in between your teeth. Limit your exposure to sugar to as few occasions daily as possible and consider using a daily fluoride mouthwash, doing this at a different time to when you brush.
And finally, if you have any concerns regarding your oral health, please contact us. If we can give you assistance over the phone, we will do so, and if you need to be seen, then rest assured that we will see you!
Shane, John, Vikki and all the team at HRDP
Please follow social distancing advice and stay safe.
Monday – Friday: 09.00 – 17.00
Dental Emergency Phone Line
Out of Hours Service:
Call NHS 24 on 111