Coronavirus / Covid-19 Update – 13th July 2020
The safety of our patients is our paramount concern. Covid-19 has given all of us unprecedented challenges and in March in the light of advice from both NHS Scotland and the British Dental Association we took steps to postpone all routine treatment and close the practice.
The Government has now set out a Routemap for exiting from Lockdown and we are now working our way through a phased return to work and from 10th July we have entered Phase 3. However, as an independent practice we have been approved by Lothian Health Board to expedite our re-opening. The practice will re-open on 15th July and we can now resume a number of Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs) having secured a supply of appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). We will be prioritising patients who have had dental emergencies during lockdown and will have to continue re-arranging appointments so that those who have been waiting longest are seen soonest. Our “patient journey” will be markedly different and you will be advised of what to expect in advance of attendance of attending – from August we will be combining Hygiene and Dental Health Checks into one appointment to reduce the number of times patients need to physically attend the practice, for example. WE CANNOT SEE PATIENTS WHO HAVE COVID SYMPTOMS AND ANY PATIENTS WITH COVID-19 WHO HAS A DENTAL EMERGENCY WILL BE SEEN IN ONE OF THE NHS URGENT CARE HUBS.
Throughout the continued easing of Lockdown and our gradual move to “the new normal”, we will be maintaining close contact with patients who are mid-treatment and we are maintaining contact with everyone who has had appointments postponed. We are gearing up to resume a full-service level just as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we encourage you to follow the guidelines set out by the government to help prevent and reduce the return of Covid-19.
Stay safe, Protect Others, Save Lives – and we look forward to welcoming you back to the practice very soon.
Graeme and the team at Edinburgh Dental Studio
*Aerosol Generating Procedure (AGPs) examples:
• Use of high-speed handpieces for routine restorative procedures (fillings)
• Use of Cavitron or other mechanised scalers
• Polishing teeth
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