COVID-19 Latest Update
*** Phase 3 Update ***
As of Nicola Sturgeon’s statement on Thur 10th July, dental practices in Scotland will be moving to Phase 3 of the Scottish COVID-19 route map as of Mon 13th July.
The key phrase in the message is “routine” NHS treatment can now be carried out. This sounds great but we still have many restrictions in place so does not actually change much from Phase 2.
With this relaxation of the rules we are still currently limited to a maximum of 10 NHS patients a day (Government/health board ruling not our decision). We are also still not allowed to carry out treatment that involves an aerosol (air syringe for drying teeth, high speed drill, ultrasonic scaler and impressions). This means that our hands are still tied and we still cannot offer these treatments. For emergencies that require a high speed drill we can refer you on to an emergency dental hub to have this carried out.
Checkups or examinations are now allowed but due to the fact that we cannot carry out a checkup in full (cannot dry teeth to examine them properly for cavities) and have been limited with the number of appointments we are allowed each day, we will not be carrying them out at this stage. We will however examine anybody who is worried about changes to the soft tissues in their mouth or has felt changed sensations.
The new rules do now mean that we can finsh certain courses of treatment that were commenced before lockdown (e.g. fitting a crown that has already been made). If you are a patient who is in this category we will be in touch this week to get you booked in ASAP.
If you have any queries about the complicated rules please do not hesitate to get in touch via email: email@example.com
Thanks again for your understanding from all the team at MDP.
COVID-19 Extra Precautions
•Only patients with appointments will be allowed to enter the building.
•If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms in the run up to your appointment you are to phone the practice to let us know.
•Please turn up at the exact time of your appointment.
•Please attend on your own unless you need a carer or are attending with a child for their appointment.
•Please go to the toilet at home before you attend as the health board have recommended toilets are not allowed to be used by patients.
•Face coverings or masks must be worn when attending the practice.
•You will be asked COVID health questions and your temperature taken before entering the building.
•You will be asked to use alcohol hand gel as soon as you enter.
•You will normally be taken straight into the surgery for your appointment.
In the meantime, as before, if you have a dental emergency or need advice please phone us Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5pm or outwith these hours please phone 111.