CORONAVIRUS-Important advice

WELCOME BACK -WE REMAIN OPEN THROUGHOUT 2021 FOR YOUR IMPORTANT ROUTINE APPOINTMENTS AND ALL TREATMENTS. PLEASE READ THE VITAL INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE YOU ARRIVE AND AS ALWAYS, PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU CANNOT KEEP YOUR APPOINTMENTS 

Dear Patients and friends,

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.

REST ASSURED

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 OUR 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-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 people who have experienced 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