Further Update from the Chief Dental Officer for all Dental Practices

Further guidance was issued today by the Chief Dental Officer for England in relation to Changes to Primary Dental Care services. The guidance stipulates amongst other things the following:

  1. All routine, non-urgent dental care including orthodontics should be stopped and deferred until advised otherwise.
  2. All practices should establish (independently or by collaboration with others) a remote urgent care service, providing telephone triage for their patients with urgent needs during usual working hours, and whenever possible treating with:
  • Advice
  • Analgesia
  • Antimicrobial means where appropriate
  1. If the patient’s condition cannot be managed by these means, then they will need to be referred to the appropriate part of their Local Urgent Dental Care system.
  2. All community outreach activities such as oral health improvement programmes (e.g. Starting Well, routine non-urgent work in care homes) and dental surveys should be stopped until advised otherwise.
  3. In order to provide accurate information to the public we are asking that all dental practices:
  • Update their messaging and websites.
  • Contact their regional commissioner should practice availability hours alter as a result of staffing levels; and
  • Inform the commissioner of these changes and the arrangements for cover.

The CQC have commented that “As this change in service provision affects the whole of the dental sector it is NOT necessary for providers to notify us at this time, unless a service closure is permanent. We are sure dental providers will make these changes and work to reduce the risks of Covid-19 infection across the population”.

The advice can be accessed here https://bit.ly/3ajSvgq

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