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Telephone 020 8302 8729 111 Station Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA15 7AJ

We are a COVID-19 Safe Practice

We are a COVID-19 Safe Practice

Reception staff are busy providing the safety measures below.
Appointments are therefore easiest to arrange by clicking on the links above.

We are a COVID-19 Safe Practice able to remain open and offer Emergency Dental Treatment and Routine Dental Services.

BDA Current Covid Guidelines June 2022

In June 2022, UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) updated its IPC guidance with new COVID-19 pathogen-specific advice for health and care professionals.

The Chief Dental Officer’s letter of 1 June then set out the next steps for IPC in dental practices following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Practices must now make their own decisions about how and when the patients are treated and what PPE might be required, having completed their own risk assessment.

Facemasks are no longer mandatory:

  • Patients with respiratory symptoms who are required to attend for emergency treatment should wear a facemask/covering, if able to do so.
  • All other patients are not required to wear a facemask unless this is a personal preference.
  • Health staff are not required to wear facemasks in non-clinical areas (e.g., reception areas, offices, and staff rooms), unless this is their personal preference or there are specific issues raised by the risk assessment.

Screening is at pre-covid levels:

  • The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said that “defined COVID screening questions are no longer required.” However, the public health messaging of “do not attend or call in advance if you have respiratory symptoms or feel unwell” remains.
  • Under the pre-COVID approach, unwell patients are asked to contact the practice to discuss their symptoms. This allows the practice to determine the priority and urgency of care and balance the risks.
  • When patients present for care with obvious signs/symptoms of a respiratory illness, the published dental framework suggests that practices draw up a protocol for individual triaging and patient expectation management.

Practice risk assessment – the “Dental Framework”:

  • The way forward is based very much on common sense and informed risk, together with professional judgement. Completing risk assessments is an important part of this. It is not mandatory to follow the framework and this risk assessment is not a rigid set of rules.