We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health.
You may have heard that dental practices can open to routine care from Monday 8th June.
Our practice will be opening on that day but we just wanted to be clear that this may not be business as usual. To maintain rigorous safety practices, your appointment will be structured differently to those you received before. It will take some time before services return to what you previously experienced as normal. Please be patient.
Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our dental surgery. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our practice follows infection control guidelines made by the governing bodies. We are up-to-date on new guidance that has been issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
- Our practice will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again at your appointment.
- You will now receive an electronic link prior to your appointment to update us on changes to medical health and any dental health concerns you may have. Please do fill this out, as we will endeavour to be paperless whenever possible
- Treatment plans will be emailed to you unless you specifically request a paper copy.
- We have hand sanitiser that we will ask you to use when you enter the practice. You will be asked to use it on arrival and departure from the practice.
- We no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
How you can help:
- With the exception of children and patients with carers, patients should come alone.
- A distance of at least 2 metres must be observed if another patient is present in the dental practice
- Payment should be made by card where possible
- Staff will not shake your hand
- If you show symptoms following appointment booking, you should contact the practice by phone
- Please do not arrive early to the practice. If necessary, you should wait outside the practice
- Please do not arrive without an appointment
- Patients should come wearing a mask if possible or be prepared to wear one.
- Expect to have your temperature taken when you arrive for your appointment
Our priority, as always is to maintain your Dental Heath at the highest level.
We look forward to welcoming you back into the practice in due course.
Richard and Paru Edwards and all the team at The Parkstone Dental Practice