Update on November 1st 2020
The Scottish Government has announced that (from 1st November) we have moved to phase 4 of the NHS Dental Remobilisation Plan. This means that we will be able to provide the full range of NHS treatments from this date.
The government acknowledges that this is not a return to business as usual, because constraints to control the spread of Coronavirus, severely limit the number of patients that can be treated. Given this limited capacity, we will prioritise patients based on their oral health needs. These needs will be based on the professional judgement of our practicioners who will prioritise patients according to particular clinical situations, ensuring that those most at risk if treatment is further delayed will be seen soonest.
If you are experiencing pain that will continue to be a priority and you should contact us for advice and care as appropriate.
Each dentist is to be supplied with enough PPE to treat 10 NHS patients per day, 5 of whom can have procedures that generate spray (drills and scalers). Some of these appointments will be reserved for patients requiring urgent care.
We are aware that there is a huge backlog of patients requiring treatment, but practices will be operating at approximately 25% of their normal capacity when we enter phase 4.
It is likely that the phones will be very busy, appointment books will fill quickly and the waiting time for NHS appointments will be significant. We ask patients to be understanding of the situation which is frustrating for all parties.
Please be assured that we continue to do our best for our patients, as we have done throughout this pandemic. We appreciate your continued patience and undestanding at this difficult time.
You can find out the procedures we have in place for the protection of patients and staff here.