Update from Ashcroft Dental Surgery | 3 June 2020
Following the announcement by the government on Thursday the 28th May advising that dental practices
can start to re-open from Monday the 8th June came as a complete shock to the dental profession.
We were informed via Boris Johnson’s Coronavirus daily update programme, without any prior warning or consultation
It is anticipated that the dental profession will resume working on a phased basis in order to comply with the new regulations.
The way we work will be defined by the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) guidance released and also from Public Health England (PHE), Chief Dental Officer (CDO) and NHS England and other advisory bodies.
The SOP guidance will confirm the level of PPE required as well as other measures the dental practices need to adopt in order to maintain the safety of the dental team and the patients at all times. Ashcroft dental surgery has always operated on very strict infection control policies and protocols.
A transitional period will be required as the practice adopts to the SOP’s and staff are retrained.
Unfortunately, there is a national shortage of PPE and consequently will delay the opening of many practices beyond the governments’ stipulated return date of Monday 8th June.
As the supply of PPE filters down to the dental community, we will be able to reopen.
The type of procedures the practice will be able to carry out may depend on the availability of the correct PPE.
We have had to cancel numerous appointments since the lockdown began 3 months ago and will initially be prioritising appointments for our existing patients who have had dental emergencies or appointments cancelled, in order of urgency. Please do not attend the clinic unless you have an appointment. We will also be creating clinics for patients who are most vulnerable, to help minimize contact with others for this group whilst they are at the practice.
For those patients who pre-booked appointments prior to lockdown, please be patient with us and accept our apologies if the appointment needs to be rescheduled. We will inform you if we need to reschedule.
There are several reasons including the government guidelines for social distancing to staggering of appointments; to allow for modified cross-infection protocols as safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. This will mean a reduction in the numbers of patients we will be able to see during the first phase of re-opening. There will be further information advising on the changed patient journey and what we are doing to maintain health and safety at all times while abiding by guidelines.
We would like to thank you all for your patience during this difficult time and look forward to seeing you again soon!
We will be in touch as soon as we are able to see you. Please, check our website www.ashcroftdental.com for any updates or call the surgery on 01895 833350
Dr Rados and the team
Ashcroft dental Surgery