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May 2020

When will dentists open for emergency treatment in London?

Article written by Dr Nissit Patel

One of the most pressing issues in dentistry at the moment is when will we be able to re open for emergency dental appointments. It is has been nearly 2 months since we were forced to close our doors. Despite what the Government may say, on the 25th March the Chief Dental Officer stated:

  1. All routine, non-urgent dental care including orthodontics should be stopped and
    deferred until advised otherwise.
  2. All practices should establish (independently or by collaboration with others) a remote
    urgent care service, providing telephone triage for their patients with urgent needs during usual working hours, and whenever possible treating with:
    ¢ Advice
    ¢ Analgesia
    ¢ Antimicrobial means where appropriate
  3. If the patient s condition cannot be managed by these means, then they will need to
    be referred to the appropriate part of their Local Urgent Dental Care system. These
    new arrangements will involve providers working with defined groups of patients to
    manage urgent dental care needs only, with appropriate separation arrangements in
    place to manage patient status and professional safety

    By all accounts, this ordered an immediate halt to all dental services within primary care. In my local area, Fulham, SW6 London, I have not been informed of a local urgent dental care centre that I am able to refer extreme emergency cases to. The advice given by various bodies ( I shall not name them) was to call 111. Frankly, this may have been almost acceptable in the early stages of the pandemic but NOT 7 weeks after the statement. Thousands of patients across the country have been left in pain and distress with the advice to take pain killers and anti biotics, which as we all know, are only effective when infection is present.

    In this respect, I spent many hours reviewing the literature to provide some evidence based analysis on how we can protect ourselves, our patients and get back to work after lockdown. If you are interested in reading this article, it was published by Dentistry and the link is:

    The summary involves 10 key points which are easy to implement and allow us to get back to work as soon as possible. These include:

  1. Careful screening of patients pre treatment
  2. Alteration of patient appointment times/ flexible time frames
  3. Reception screening, social distancing measures
  4. Consider clean air systems within reception areas and surgeries such as those involving air suctioning pre filters, HEPA filters, carbon filters and UV lamps
  5. Reducing aerosol
  6. Always use high volume suction or HVA
  7. Use rubber dam or consider additional isolation systems such as Isovac/Isolite
  8. Provide assistants to hygiene/therapists for HVA
  9. Enhanced PPE especially for those at greater risk of Covid 19
  10. Extra time for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces including areas not previously cleaned

    These are measured points that will go a large way to help our profession back to work and re start the process of opening our dental clinics in London and across the UK.

    Should you have a dental emergency, please do not hesitate to contact me. Although we cannot see you right now, I can try to help as best as I can remotely and arrange an appointment as soon as we can re open.

    t 0207 7311162
    e info@progressivedentistry.co.uk


Dec 2020

Merry Christmas!

We are now closed for the Christmas break and will re open on the 30th December for emergency appointments from 0900-1400. This will be by appointment only using our online booking facility. To make an appointment please visit: shorturl.at/fkJ18If you are registered patient, simply fill in your details and sign in. You will then be able to choose your preferred practitioner, time and date. If you are a new patient, please register. Should you simply need some advice over the festive season (dental only plea… READ MORE
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Dec 2020

Emergency Dentist at Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and the nation prepares for a slight relaxation of the lockdown rules with mixing of up to 3 households from December 23rd to 27th which will be a welcome change albeit with likely stricter rules come January! During Christmas, it is normal for dental practices to close and take a well earned rest during the festive period. We are no exception and our doors will close from 1730 on 22nd December. However, if you have a dental emergency and would like to speak with a dentist, Dr … READ MORE
Jun 2020

We have opened our dental practice in Fulham!

We are delighted to say that from the 8th June we have opened our dental practice after a huge amount of work behind the scenes to keep our staff and patients safe. We have made a major investment in our business including: Newly painted exterior and signage. No more black!New flooring internally with a lovely white oak effect vinyl which can be steam cleanedPPE for all staff including custom made washable gowns, masks, caps, half face respirator masks by 3M and full face visorsVirus Killer air filtration u… READ MORE
Apr 2020

Where are we now with Corona Virus and Dentistry?

As of 8/4/20, there have been no general updates with regards to the provision of general dental care in a practice like ours, based in Fulham London. This is an incredibly frustrating time for of all us here especially for those of you who are in need of routine emergency dental care which could be a simple tooth fracture, a lost crown, a broken denture, a lost filling, an ulcer or gum bleeding for example. Most dental emergencies are not classified as being urgent or life threatening such as a rapidly inc… READ MORE


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