of Home Farm Dental Practice:
I would like to
thank all our patients for their support and understanding during the practice
shut down period. The practice was operating on a ‘closed-door policy’
providing telephone triage, advice, and prescription service for dental
emergencies for all the people around the region irrespective of their registration status with the
practice. I am very proud to note that only a very few of our own patients
needed my assistance.
you may be aware the government has announced the easing of lock-down measures
for dentistry commencing 8th June 2020. Unfortunately, we received the
information through the national media at the same time as the public which
left us very little time to make the necessary arrangements. We are working
hard behind the scenes procuring PPE, training staff with the new way of
working, and ensuring appropriate safety measures are in place.
Whereas it is our
intention to open very soon, there will be some limits to the service to
ensure patient safety. It will not be dentistry as normal as there will be
restrictions on the use of aerosol-generating procedures (use of the drill,
scaling etc.) for a limited time. During the pandemic supplies of PPE have been
restricted and so the pace at which we work will be limited by ongoing availability
of PPE and the COVID Alert Level as updated by the government. (level 4 as on
practice has been undertaking and will continually undertake various risk
assessments in respect of:
Health and well-being of personnel
Availability of PPE
Safety of the work environment for staff and patients
Efficacy of dental tools to minimise aerosol
Continued evaluation of air quality and purity with air purifiers and
ambient particle counters
Adherence to evidence-based standard operating procedures which
will evolve as new evidence of health promotion and cross-infection control
Procedures in Dentistry
performed in dentistry generate a fine mist of airborne particles which can be
respired and may contain airborne pathogens. Whereas there is compelling
empirical evidence to suggest that transmission of airborne pathogens is
extremely low, with no recorded community outbreaks as a direct result of
dental procedures across the world, we wish to operate safely, and
aerosol-generating procedures in dentistry will need to be carefully controlled
and planned, particularly for the next few months.
June, we will focus on prioritising dental care for patients who have had
unresolved dental problems and dental emergencies. The services we could offer
would be restricted to non-aerosol generating procedures like temporary
fillings, radiographs, extractions, consultations etc. There is an ongoing
process of training to help them manage your care in the safest way possible.
You will notice
some differences in how we work
will notice some differences to the traditional delivery of dental care.
There will be wider appointment hours to enable buffer zones and reduce
traffic and promote social distancing.
Early appointments will be available for those who are shielding or who
are vulnerable to maximise their safety.
There will be a greater focus on telephonic consultation prior to an
appointment to minimise the time that you spend in the building
Patients will receive a telephonic/electronic form based COVID19 risk
assessment prior to attendance
There will be restricted entry with
a maximum number of patients in the building at any one time, and only patients
who are receiving treatment will be permitted to enter unless there is a
pressing need for an accompanied person with parental responsibility or to
assist an older adult physically or for mental capacity reasons
Patients should attend without large bags,
coats (where practical),
Patients will be asked to bring a mouth covering if needed to wait on
the premises (we can provide this on entry if you do not possess your own)
Please make sure you bring your own pen along
to minimise unnecessary touching of surfaces
All patients will need to wash or sanitise hands-on entry
to our building
We would like to request our patients to make sure they don’t use the practice toilet unless it’s an
Some areas of the building will have guided entry to avoid patients
touching door handles
Patients will be asked to use a pre-procedural mouth rinse with
an oxidising agent to limit virus viability in spatter
We would respectfully ask patients to pre-pay via card telephonically if
possible, for their dental appointments to minimise traffic in the surgery.
Where feasible we
will operate on a ‘closed-door policy’. That
is, of waiting in vehicles and be called into the
surgery by a ‘Patient Guide’ to not congest waiting rooms. The practice policy
on waiting outside will evolve as the COVID threat level reduces.
community spread of disease
will be providing frequent training to all staff members to
ensure they can effectively and safely support your dental care in the post
COVID era. Our Front of House professionals will be wearing PPE while we are
waiting for install of various sneeze guards. Our clinical staff will be
wearing enhanced PPE, particularly face visors and respirators. This is for
your protection and to minimise the possibility of community transmission of
airborne pathogens, not limited to coronavirus.
We ask all patients to risk assess themselves and decide
if they are COVID-19 free and fit enough
to receive non-essential treatment at this time and defer any non-essential
you require advice before attending your appointment, please phone and request
that one of the clinicians undertake a telephonic consultation before arranging
are looking to be of service once again for our community and progressively
work towards rebuilding our service in a safe manner.
are looking forwards to seeing you soon and rebuilding our lives.
our best wishes. Stay healthy.
Home Farm Dental practice.