Lockdown restrictions have been lifted as from April 2022. However, the risk of catching and spreading the virus is real, even for the vaccinated people. The new Omicron variants, BA.4 and BA.5 are even more transmissible. The severity of the symptoms can be affected by vaccination, history of prior infection, and age and other health conditions. In order to reduce the risks of transmission within the dental practice, Standard Operation Procedure for infection control and prevention is in operation and we still need to adopt basically the same measures as during the lockdown. These are the wearing of face-covering and observing social distancing when come to the practice. There is a restriction on the number of patients which can be seen by a dentist daily. In our practice, priority will be given to the patients who are in pain, and in need of urgent dental care.
There is no 'open door' policy. Appointment is scheduled and triaged strictly over the phone only, 3-4 days in advance. Our work is dependent on the availability and supply of appropriate PPE (Personal Protection Equipment e.g. masks, gloves, goggles, visors, and gowns). Please be patient and help us to provide a safer environment for the staff and patients.
• Face coverings.
• Avoid crowded places.
• Clean hands regularly.
• Two metre distance apart.
• Self-isolate if you have symptoms.
In general, patients should attend on their own. However, if thought essential, one dedicated person can attend with a patient. Examples of situations where this might be important include, but are not restricted to:
• when a person is very young
• when a person may have difficulty understanding what treatment or course of action a dentist is discussing
• where a person has dementia, a learning disability or autism
• where a person is receiving bad news or information that is potentially life-changing
• where a person is receiving a cancer diagnosis or discussing cancer treatment options
• where a person is in distressed or extremely anxiousIn addition, consideration should also be given as to whether a family member or supporting person can accompany the patient in the treatment room.
We know that things are still far from normality, and we appeal for your patience, support and understanding.
Springfield Dental Care.