We have now introduced a Young Adults Membership plan, especially for some of our young adults who are aged between 18 years and 22 years. It is aimed at those young people whom the dentist feels do not yet require the benefit of twice yearly Hygiene visits.
New guidelines now allow patients to choose if they would like to have extra hygienists visits, which used to have to be prescribed by their dentist. So now you can treat yourself to an extra visit to the hygienist in between your normal 6 monthly visits, for that extra clean and fresh mouth feeling.
We now send all our patients a courtesy reminder of their appointments by text message, a few days before it is due, providing we have an up to date telephone number. We have had a good response from patients, who all agree it is very useful and of course it reduces the postage costs of the practice, which were escalating rapidly.
However, it must remain the patient’s responsibility to remember to attend and patients should always take a note of their next appointment as, sadly, we may still have to make a charge for repeated missed appointments.
HELLO AND GOODBYE AND CONGRATULATIONS
We happily welcomed two new and experienced nurses, Allena and Amy, to our practice, who although joining us at a busy time, have settled in well. They replaced Jenny, who has now given birth to her first baby, a girl and Elisha , who also left to have her second baby, a little boy.
We have also been able to start to train a school leaver, Mollie, who seems to be taking to her work like a duck to water. She is currently also studying at Shape Training on a regular basis towards her dental nursing qualification
We are sad to say goodbye to our hygienist Gill Rowe, who has decided to retire. Her happy disposition and laughter will be sadly missed and we thank her for all her years of service.
A new hygienist, Paige, has now joined us on some Saturdays and she sometimes kindly helps us at short notice on other days too.
Three of our dental nurses, Andrea, Claire and Sarah, who worked enthusiastically towards their radiography exams throughout last year have now qualified in this field. Well done. We rely on radiographs for many aspects of your dental care and it is most useful to have extra members of staff qualified to help in this matter .
Our long suffering nurse, Claire reminded us recently, that in March 2021 she will have been working with us for 25 years. She has seen many dentists come and go and helped to train many more dental nurses up to the high standards we expect. She is a most loyal, hardworking and helpful member of our team, who keeps everyone, including the dentists, on their toes! Thank you Claire.
In the same way that all our clinicians are constantly updating their knowledge, so too do our nurses. Our nurses are all set annual targets for further education, including certain core subjects which are obligatory, such as infection control and medical emergencies.