As you will know, the Prime Minister has confirmed that public restrictions have been significantly eased on 19th July.
Under the Government’s guidance “Health and care settings will continue to maintain
appropriate infection prevention and control processes as necessary and this will be
continually reviewed. Guidance will be updated based on the latest clinical evidence this
summer.” You can find this online: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-
In line with the Government’s guidance, England’s Chief Dental Officer Sara Hurley has
informed us that the infection prevention control measures in dentistry should continue to be
followed until further notice. These are important measures from Public Health England
aimed at limiting the spread of the virus in dental settings. We’re also continuing to follow
NHS dentistry’s standard operating procedure which helps us make this guidance work.
This means three things for patients:
- If you need to come into the surgery for an appointment, please remember that social
distancing remains in place in the dental practice and to wear a face covering upon
entering the building.
- We will continue to have restrictions on leaving time between patients to ventilate
rooms if we perform an aerosol generating procedure. An aerosol generating
procedure (AGP) is a medical procedure that can result in the release of airborne
particles (aerosols) from the respiratory tract when treating someone who is
suspected or known to be suffering from an infectious agent transmitted wholly or
partly by the airborne or droplet route. In dentistry, for example, this means the use of
something like a high speed drill. This impacts how many patients we can fit into a
- We are also following the Chief Dental Officer’s advice that we should prioritise
patients for treatment based on urgency and priority groups, such as those more at
risk of dental disease or children.
Similar public health measures are still in place for hospitals and GP practices, too.
Every dental practice is working extremely hard to provide care to our patients within the
restrictions and guidance to ensure it’s safe to visit the dentist.
We hope that this helps clarify why these measures are in place for every NHS dental
Please do give us a call if you think you need to see us, we’re open for patients.
The Dental Practice Fallowfield Team