Corona Virus Update

UPDATE 31/3/2020
Dear patients,

Following advice from the CDO (Chief Dental Officer) the BES (British Endodontic Society), the BDA (British Dental Association) and the GDC (General Dental Council), the practice remained closed.

WE ARE AVAILABLE FOR TELEPHONE AND EMAIL ADVICE.

Urgent dental care units are currently being set up in each county by the CDO. The idea is for these centres to have the correct PPE (protective equipment) to allow you to be treated safely. They are not up and running as yet, but as soon as they are details will be provided here.

In the mean time we will do our best to help as much as we can. Stay safe and stay indoors.

Manjeet and the team at Harpenden Dental Centre

Take care and stay safe.
The Team at Harpenden Dental Centre

Further information from the BES (PDF)

24/3/2020
As of March 24 2020, following advice from the Health Secretary on March 23 2020 and the British Dental Association 22 March 2020, the Harpenden Dental Centre is now CLOSED until further notice.

We have been advised that we are no longer to perform aerosol producing procedures without FFP3 masks, which effectively means we can no longer carry out dental treatments.
Many thanks for your understanding. We hope to be back up and running soon. We will be adding in extra sessions to ensure you are seen as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, if you have any dental emergencies, advice will be available by email and telephone. Details below.

Dental Emergencies:

We will be available for advice only via email or telephone daily between the hours of 9 and 10am.
For dental emergencies ideally please email your dental emergency between 9-10am Monday to Friday.
If you do not have access to email, then please text Mon-Fri between 9-10am 07957112697:
• Your Name
• Your Dental Emergency
• The name of the dental practice you are registered with

What is considered a true dental emergency:
• Traumatic injuries involving bleeding or lacerations
• Swelling that is significant or worsening
• Trismus (Lock-jaw)
• Dental conditions impacting a medical condition e.g. Diabetes

Current guidance from the British Dental Association 22 March 2020:

“The BDA believes that for most practices it is likely that compliance with the guidance of the various UK administrations will mean a significant reduction in routine clinical activity.
Indeed, for many practices, the practical consequences of the guidance will mean ceasing routine care entirely, given the difficulties of identifying in advance patients who will not need aerosol generating procedures. The BDA supports dentists and practices choosing to stop regular patient treatment.
 
We believe that current guidance should be more explicit given the continuing spread of the virus and uncertainty around asymptomatic transmission and the associated risks. Given this uncertainty, the BDA recommends that no aerosol generating procedures are undertaken on any patient without appropriately fitting FFP3 masks, other required protection equipment and protocols. 
 
Further, given the uncertainty and reflecting the practical consequences of the current official advice, we recommend that practices cease routine dentistry and operate an advice and emergency service only. Consistent with Government advice to limit social contact, face to face contact should be kept to a minimum but telephone advice should remain available during normal hours. This service will be important for patients, particularly until fully fledged emergency provision is in place. Each practice should make its own risk assessment of what is safe and what can be delivered by way of an ongoing emergency only service.
 
The situation is changing rapidly and it may well be that as the pandemic evolves emergency only treatment and patient contact will only be deemed appropriate in particular setting and temporary practice closure may become mandatory.
 
As things stand, the chance of advanced PPE equipment, protocols and training being widely available to avoid this seems unlikely, with resources appropriately being directed to intensive care. In any case, the development of Government advice around social isolation has the potential to further limit the availability of routine care.”

Latest guidance from the CDO Scotland 24 March 2020:
“The next phase will include:
• All routine dentistry to cease
• Pregnant or immunosuppressed team members not to provide or assist in the direct care of patients
• Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs) to cease
• Practices to triage, advise and reassure patients via new ‘buddy arrangements’ whereby patients can contact a dental professional (by phone) during normal work hours
• FFP3 will be available at designated centres where patients are being assessed and treated
• Urgent care.”