Yesterday evening the government announced the lifting of restrictions preventing dental practices from seeing patients face to face.
We are so glad the restrictions have been lifted and the government has set 8th June as the date we can start seeing patients.
However we are still awaiting clarity on what exactly we are allowed to do and how.
Our initial assessment of the guidance released yesterday is that we cannot return to work to a similar level to before lockdown, and it’s likely that initially all we will be able to do is provide urgent and emergency care.
There is a huge amount of confusion, for example, we have been referred to existing guidelines developed at the height of the pandemic for use in treating covid patients. Some of this guidance is contradictory and conflicting and from various government agencies that regulate various aspects of health care including dental care in the UK.
Over the next few days we are hoping to have a clearer guidance to allow us to return to work.
While our aim would be to open on or as close to 8th June, more likely to be 15th June, it is clear that this will be in a very limited capacity due to new restrictions that prevent many routine dental procedures.
Certain procedures have been classed as requiring a new level of personal protective equipment (PPE) and operating protocols and systems that mean we will be able to see less than half the amount of patients we were able to pre-lockdown.
As always our team are committed to providing a high standard of service in a safe environment. Strand on the Green Dental has always strived to surpass existing regulations and offer a safe environment for our patients and ourselves.
This will not change and we have already made significant investments to ensure we are ahead of the curve as far as infection control goes.
We will be sending out an update next week or once we have clarity.
Thank you for your continuing support and patience…. we can’t wait to see you all soon!
The Team at Strand on the Green Dental