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Coronavirus Info

In line with the Government Guidelines  –  precautions have been put in place to keep patients and the team safe.

A MESSAGE TO OUR PATIENTS

COVID-19 UPDATE – 1st June 2020

We are aware that an announcement was made recently to the general public that Dental practices will be re-opening from 8th June for face-to-face appointments. As a dental profession, we were only made aware of this change at the same time as the public; the guidance we have received so far advises us to risk-assess the re-opening of our practice for face-to-face treatments and to make necessary changes in order for a phased re-start of our services. Whilst we are keen to start seeing patients again, safety of our patients & staff, is and will remain, our highest priority in our extremely close proximity roles. We appreciate that there have been many patients who have been triaged by our team during this lock down and we assure you that you will be prioritised when we are able to commence face-to-face appointments again.​

We want to make patients aware that several meetings have been planned for this week in which management will be creating protocol & procedure documents for both patients and staff, based on the restrictions we will be given, to explain how we intend to re-start face-to-face appointments and dental treatment, whilst maintain social distancing and following guidance from NHS England and PHE (Public Health England).​

At this time, we are unfortunately still unable to book future appointments, as they will be greatly affected by the outcome of further guidance and protocols. When we are able to commence face-to-face appointments, we will update our patients with further information and changes as soon as possible.​

We remind patients that we are still open and will still be available for telephone triage, as we have been since lock-down began and we continue to appreciate the support and understanding shown by our patients and staff during this difficult and unusual time.

If you currently have an appointment booked within the next few weeks this is notification that your appointment is cancelled. Please be aware we will contact you to arrange your next appointment as we are crucially dependant on PPE availability and new guidance. 

At Shire Court Dental Practice the health and wellbeing of our patients and colleagues is our top priority. The latest guidance from the Chief Dental Officer of England remains that we are not currently able to offer face to face appointments and therefore our practice building remains closed – however we are still here for you.

We are sure that one key question you have is around what to expect when we welcome you back into practice. We have been working tirelessly on plans to ensure that the environment is safe for all of our team and patients alike. Full details will be shared over the coming weeks as these develop.

You can also find the latest advice on coronavirus via the Government Website here 

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
 

Due to Covid19 restrictions & the ongoing situations Shire Court Dental Practice is unable to operate as normal; 

We will be operating a telephone advice service until further notice.

All routine appointments have therefore been cancelled. We will contact patients to reschedule & confirm appointments when we are able to reopen.  Click Here to see why we have had to cancel your appointment.

If you are a registered patient & you have a DENTAL EMERGENCY for which you require advice, please call 01327 352146

You will be given further assistance from this point of contact.

To all our patients, please take care & please avoid social contact where possible to protect yourselves and your families.

We look forward  to seeing you in the very near future.

WHAT IS A DENTAL EMERGENCY:

An emergency is severe unremitting pain, that cannot be managed by normal analgesics; severe swelling or severe bleeding (that cannot be controlled by pressure).

Coronavirus is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

What you need to do:

Following the latest Government advise, unless you are shielding you can now:

  • Go out to work, but only if you can not work from home
  • Go to shops that are permitted to be open – for things like food and medicine
  • Spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing
  • Meet one other person from a different household outdoors – following social distancing guidelines
  • Exercise outdoors as often as you wish – following social distancing guidelines
  • Use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart
  • Go to a garden centre

At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.

What to do if you think you have coronavirus symptoms:

Stay at home if you have:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • Anosmia (loss or change in your normal sense of smell)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

People who are self-isolating with mild symptoms are not currently being tested.

How long to stay at home if you have symptoms of coronavirus

  • You’ll need to stay at home for 7 days, or longer if you still have a temperature
  • If you live with someone who has symptoms you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Guidance for stay at home self isolation

  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • This action will help protect others in your community while you are infectious
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure you can successfully stay at home
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
  • Sleep alone, if possible
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
  • Stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible
  • You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

It is particularly important for people who:

  • Are 70 or over
  • Have a long-term condition
  • Are pregnant
  • Have a weakened immune system

Do:

    • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
    • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
    • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
    • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
    • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
    • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
    • only travel on public transport if you need to
    • work from home, if you can
    • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
    • avoid events with large groups of people
    • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Don’t:

    • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
    • do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family

If you’re at high risk

The NHS will contact you from Monday 23 March 2020 if you are at particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus. You’ll be given specific advice about what to do.

Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.

Information about the virus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

Further information

For the latest information and advice, please visit the Government website for Department of Health’s advice.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Please refer to www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for the most up to date information

Thank You – please Stay Safe

 

 

 

 

Last updated: 29/04/2020

In line with the Government Guidelines  –  precautions have been put in place to keep patients and the team safe.

 

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

 

Due to Covid19 restrictions & the ongoing situations Shire Court  Dental Practice is unable to operate as normal; Following Government Guidelines and with immediate effect we can no longer see patients at the practice.

We will be operating a telephone advice service until further notice.

All routine appointments have therefore been cancelled. We will contact patients to reschedule & confirm appointments when we are able to reopen.

If you are a registered patient & you have a DENTAL EMERGENCY for which you require advice, please call  01327 352146

You will be given further assistance from this point of contact.

To all our patients, please take care & please avoid social contact where possible to protect yourselves and your families.

We look forward  to seeing you in the very near future.

WHAT IS A DENTAL EMERGENCY:

An emergency is severe unremitting pain, that cannot be managed by normal analgesics; severe swelling or severe bleeding (that cannot be controlled by pressure).

 

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Please refer to www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for the most up to date information

Thank You – please Stay Safe

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