The Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing today confirmed that, from 1 November, we will be able to start to provide the normal range of dental treatments.
From the Chief Dental Officer's letter sent to dental practices today, he states "You should be assured that I fully recognise the position that a return to pre-COVID levels of patient volume will not be achievable under the current health protection measures. I am aware that it will still be necessary for you to prioritise appointments for patients requiring urgent dental care, those at greatest risk of oral disease and the backlog of patients from during the ‘lockdown’. This is not business as usual"
In a nutshell, this means that we cannot see the usual numbers of patients as we may still have to leave the surgery empty, possibly for an hour, after some appointments.
Please remember that we are all still in the midst of a pandemic. My over-arching priority will continue to be the safety of all of you and my staff. By maintaining the highest standards of health and safety and infection control we can reduce the risk of COVID-19 together.
Over the next few weeks, we will be starting to contact patients that were left mid-treatment prior to lockdown, as well as continuing to deal with those that require urgent care.
We have over 10,000 registered patients and we simply will not be able to see everybody at once so please be respectful and patient with my team.
Remember, we are trying to do all we can to help you receive your care as safely and quickly as possible.
PLEASE DO NOT JUST TURN UP FOR AN APPOINTMENT AS THE DOOR WILL BE LOCKED. YOU MUST PHONE IN ADVANCE TO BE TRIAGED. If you are having any problems, contact us on 0141-889 2016 and we are ready to help.
Please share this information with anybody else that attends the practice.
Abdul & The Team