The home of the Independent Dental Practice, here in Acklam, Middlesbrough.
WELCOME BACK -WE REMAIN OPEN THROUGHOUT 2021 FOR YOUR IMPORTANT ROUTINE APPOINTMENTS AND TREATMENTS. PLEASE ATTEND THE PRACTICE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENTS AS USUAL AND TAKE TIME TO READ THE LATEST INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE YOU ARRIVE OR CONTACT THE PRACTICE.
Given the unprecedented situation in the UK regarding the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus, we felt it was essential that we do our part to reduce the spread of this virus and we made the decision to temporarily close the practice in Spring 2020. We then followed our professional bodies’ guidance and were delighted that we could safely re-open on July 1st 2020 and have remained open thereafter.
As a Dental Practice, we work in an environment where the prevention of the spread of a whole range of infections is woven into everything we do. Our team has always worked tirelessly in the background to achieve this safe environment for you. In addition to our usual scrupulous cross infection control measures, throughout earlier lockdowns we paid particularly close attention to all professional guidance and updates related more specifically to Coronavirus.
We understand if some patients still prefer to delay for a period of time before attending and ask them to contact us when they feel more comfortable.
Although we are looking forward to seeing you I am sure that you will realise that we have had to make some changes to our routines. We have invested in a fogging machine, enabling us to fog the whole building and its contents regularly with powerful anti viral agents, which protect all surfaces and air spaces. We have also introduced air purifiers to kill airborne viruses and bacteria in all areas. We will be doing everything we can to help you feel at ease and you can have full confidence that everything necessary will be done to take care of you and that our cross infection procedures will, as always, be stringent, to help keep you and our team safe when you next visit us.
Amongst the new things YOU may notice happening are the following:
YOU ARE ASKED TO WEAR A MASK , AND ATTEND ALONE WHEREVER POSSIBLE, EXCEPT FOR FAMILY APPOINTMENTS
YOU ARE ASKED TO KNOCK AT THE WINDOW NEXT TO THE FRONT DOOR AND THEN PERHAPS REMAIN IN YOUR CAR, WHERE POSSIBLE, UNTIL YOUR EXACT APPOINTMENT TIME
WE HAVE DECIDED TO REMOVE ALL BOOKS, MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS AND TOYS AS THEY CANNOT EASILY BE DISINFECTED, SO FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR OWN
YOU WILL BE ADVISED TO SANITISE HANDS AND ENCOURAGED TO REMAIN SAFELY APART FROM OTHER PEOPLE
YOU WILL SEE THAT WE HAVE ERECTED SAFETY SCREENS AT RECEPTION
YOU MAY NOTICE THAT STAFF AND CLINICIANS ARE WEARING A HIGHER LEVEL OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT DEPENDING ON YOUR APPOINTMENT TYPE
YOU ARE ASKED TO PAY ANY FEES BY CONTACTLESS CARD IF POSSIBLE
YOU MAY NOTICE THAT THERE ARE FEWER PEOPLE ABOUT, AS WE STAGGER CLINICIANS STARTING AND LEAVING TIMES AND IN SOME CASES, CHANGE THEIR DAYS WORKED, TO MINIMISE PATIENT NUMBERS IN THE BUILDING
YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE PRACTICE BY A DIFFERENT DOOR TO AVOID PATIENTS WHO ARE JUST ARRIVING
YOUR VISITS TO THE HYGIENIST
Some of the treatments you are offered by your hygienist at your next visit may be different to those you received before, who are unable to use their high speed instruments to limit cross infection risks. Your hygienist will only be using her hand instruments. We know that a lot of our patients actually prefer their treatment this way as they find it more comfortable. Rest assured that the current techniques will maintain your gum health and we hope get things back to normal as soon as we are able.
AND FINALLY, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY TO HELP IDENTIFY POTENTIAL INFECTION RISKS
Do you have a fever or have you experienced a fever within the past 14 days?
Have you experienced a recent onset of respiratory problems, such as a cough or difficulty in breathing, within the past 14 days?
Have you come into contact with a patient with confirmed Covid infection within the past 14 days?
Have you had close contact with at least two people with documented experience of fever or respiratory problems within the last 14 days?
If you have replied yes to any of the above questions, and have no fever, you should postpone your appointment until 14 days after the exposure event.
If you have replied yes to any of the above questions, and have a fever, you should immediately quarantine, and should report the case to the infection control department of the hospital
If you have replied no to all the above questions, and have no fever,
That’s perfect but……………
PLEASE INFORM US IF ANY OF THE ANSWERS CHANGE BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT DAY
Thank you in advance for all your support and take great care for all our sakes.
D R STUBLEY , G LANGHORN, S E MAKEPEACE AND ALL THE TEAM
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The practice was founded in 1984 by the principal, Denis Stubley and grew rapidly. The first patients very quickly encouraged family and friends to visit our forward thinking surgery to experience the high standard of service on offer.
Our building is a local landmark because of its unusual shape. Originally the Acklam Post Office, then later a bridal boutique, we still have the evidence of the hole in the floor where Mr Sherret, the postmaster at the time, deflected the rifle shot of an armed gunman attempting a robbery. Mr Sherret was awarded the OBE for his bravery and both he and his wife became cherished patients at the practice. They did find having treatment in their old sitting room a little strange at first!
Paintings of the original 1930s building and the more recent metamorphosis into a dental practice, can be seen in the entrance to our building, painted by Mr Sherret himself.
The practice took the title of THE INDEPENDENT DENTAL PRACTICE in April 2006 and we now provide every aspect of treatment and care on a fully private basis, allowing our patients to have the very best treatments available throughout the world today, without any constraints or restrictions.
We welcome families, adults and children, in fact all those patients who simply want the very best for themselves and their loved ones.
Our aim is to provide high quality care at reasonable cost and the very best of treatments available, in a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment. Our clinicians are committed to continuing post graduate education and keeping abreast of advances in modern dentistry, in order to maintain the high standards our patients have come to expect from us.
Worldwide research shows that preventative dentistry, delivered on a regular basis, greatly reduces the risk of dental disease and provides a platform for a lifetime of improved oral health. We encourage such an approach and with this in mind we have designed our Dental Membership Plans to reward loyal patients, allowing us to plan their dental care more effectively, to provide the best chance of keeping them dentally fit and to reduce the need for future treatment.
Explore our website to find out everything you need to know about our Membership Plans for both adults and children, our treatments, our services and our team. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a real person, our receptionists are well informed and very friendly and will endeavour to answer all your questions by phone, or feel free to pop in at any time and we will show you around and give you all the information you need to take away with you and read at your leisure.