Perry House Dental surgery return to work procedures after COVID19
We are now open again but please be aware that things have changed, in order to maintain your and our safety.
We are only offering appointments by telephone and request that you do not pop up to chat with us or make an appointment until such time as the pandemic is clearing
When you have an appointment, there will be a pre appointment telephone triage. We will be asking you relevant questions as to your risk of being Covid positive. We may need to delay your treatment if we think that you are at risk of being positive.
We ask that patients at high risk of developing COVID19 complications delay any non essential dental treatment for as long as possible until the trend of the pandemic becomes clear. Anyone who needs emergency treatment but is in the high risk groups will be seen at the beginning of the day.
We also ask that when you do attend, you come alone unless you need a parent or carer with you. Please leave any other family members at home or in the car.
We also ask that you leave any coats or bags other than handbags in the car or at home.
We will ask you to come up wearing a face covering, whether this is a mask or a scarf, both are ok.
When you arrive in the reception we will ask that you use the hand sanitiser.
We will meet you to bring you through to the surgery in full PPE. This can look quite scary and the masks can make us appear impersonal and distant, but please remember it is still the same friendly team underneath it all. Social interaction will be reduced as talking can spread the virus and it can be muffled through the masks.
We are especially mindful that most dental treatments are aerosol generating procedures (AGPs). It is difficult for us to carry out some dental procedures without some level of aerosol. Aerosol suspended in the air is a theoretical source of infection which we obviously wish to keep to a minimum.
To that end we have installed
1. High suction units which reduce the aerosol level by 90%
2. The use of rubber dam where possible- reducing the aerosol by up to 90%
3. Our new Radic8 air purifiers, which filter the air of viruses, bacteria, fungi, pollens and pollutants within 5 minutes
4. We will be wearing the correct masks and visors
With this in mind, we feel that our normal dental procedures can be carried out with minimal risk.
Our aim is to eliminate waiting inside the practice and at reception. Accordingly appointments will be staggered with gaps between each booking so that patients do not arrive or leave at the same time where possible.
If you need to use the toilet, please wash your hands well and we will disinfect round the room each time it is used.
Unfortunately, the cost of the PPE and the increased time between appointments, needed to open the dental surgery safely, will mean a slight increase in fees to cover this. This will alter again as we get back to normal working practice.