How has Cestria Dental Practice responded to Covid-19?
Whilst the standards for UK dentistry were already very high, these changed during the Red & Amber phases of Government Coronavirus management. All dental practices were instructed to close and new Urgent Dental Centres were initially set up to deal with managing the most serious dental emergencies during ‘lock-down’. Whilst we were unable to see patients during this period, the team was hard at work behind the scenes. Calls were monitored daily and patients received advice and emergency medicines, as appropriate. We kept informed of the new standard operating procedures that were being developed and started to plan for the changes that were anticipated once general dental practices would be allowed to open again. We were pleased to be ready to open on the first day we were allowed to, Monday 8 June 2020.
How have we enhanced safety?
Team training & development
New social distancing measures
New standard operating processes
Reduced patient numbers
Covid triage prior to appointment
Restricted access to reception
Enhanced cross infection control processes
Increased specification PPE – all clinical staff fit tested for respirator masks for AGPs
Hand sanitising on entry to practice
Increased cleaning of communal areas
Fogger disinfectant machines after AGPs