GOYT VALLEY MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICE

An update on NHS dental services at our practice 21st july 2021

Dear Patients,

We would like to advise all patients that the practice is now open for routine examinations and all treatment.

We politely ask that you attempt to ring us to book an appointment in the first instance as we are still trying to reduce the footfall within the practice. We require all patients over the age of 11 to wear a suitable face covering, unless you have an exemption

If you have a dental emergency, have concerns about a problem in your mouth or would like some oral health or hygiene advice please do not hesitate to contact us and speak to one of the clinical triage team on 01663 736 301. Please be advised that our phone lines are incredibly busy at this time, so if you cannot get through, please leave us a voicemail and someone will contact you as soon as possible

Please be assured that we have your upmost safety and that of our staff as our priority and the dental team has continued to work tirelessly during these unprecedented times to help its patients stay dentally fit and healthy and free of pain

Thank you for your understanding,The Goyt Valley Dental Practice Team

To all our practice patients and visitors

As you will know, the Prime Minister has confirmed that public restrictions have been significantly eased on 19th July.

Under the Government’s guidance “Health and 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: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-summer-2021-roadmap/covid-19-response-summer-2021#contents

In line with the Government’s 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 procedure 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 2 procedure (AGP) 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, for example, this means the use of something like a high-speed drill. This impacts 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 those more at risk of dental disease or children.

Similar public health measures are still in place for hospitals and GP practices, too.

Every dental practice is working extremely hard to provide care to our patients within the restrictions and guidance to ensure it’s safe 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’re open for patients.

Best wishes,

Goyt Valley Dental

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