The Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing on October 22 confirmed that, from 1 November, we will be able to start to provide the normal range of dental treatments.
From the Chief Dental Officer's letter sent to dental practices on the same day, he states:
"You should be assured that I fully recognise the position that a return to pre-COVID levels of patient volume will not be achievable under the current health protection measures. I am aware that it will still be necessary for you to prioritise appointments for patients requiring urgent dental care, those at greatest risk of oral disease and the backlog of patients from during the ‘lockdown’. This is not business as usual."
In a nutshell, this means that we cannot see the usual numbers of patients as we may still have to leave the surgery empty, possibly for an hour, after some appointments.
Please remember that we are all still in the midst of a pandemic.
My over-arching priority will continue to be the safety of all of you and my staff. By maintaining the highest standards of health and safety and infection control we can reduce the risk of COVID-19 together.
Over the next several weeks, we will be starting to contact patients that were left mid-treatment prior to lockdown, as well as continuing to deal with those that require urgent care. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time; we simply will not be able to see everybody at once so please be respectful and patient with my team.
Rest assured, we will continue to work hard so that you can receive your care as safely and quickly as possible.
PLEASE DO NOT JUST TURN UP FOR AN APPOINTMENT AS THE DOOR WILL BE LOCKED. YOU MUST PHONE IN ADVANCE TO BE TRIAGED.
If you are having any problems, contact us on 0141 336 8002 (or via the
contact form) and we are ready to help.
Please share this information with anybody else that attends the practice.
Jamil & The Team
Routine dentistry during COVID-19 requires the correct social distancing measures and personal protective equipment to be in place. That's why, routine dentistry was suspended with the outbreak of coronavirus. A phased return is planned in Scotland.
We will be working hard to source protective equipment and put measures in place to maintain social distancing measures. We will need to prioritise our patients based upon your needs.
Even though we have re-opened, please be aware that you may need to be referred to an urgent care centre for treatment.
Some procedures won't be offered right away in every practice. The supply of essential PPE (particularly certain masks) dictates whether a dentist can offer aerosol-generating procedures. As a result, many practices will continue to triage their patients to urgent dental centres for such treatment.
It will likely be some time before dental services return to what you previously experienced as normal.
However, our dental team will be doing all we can to ensure you receive the treatment you require in the safest way.