Sadly we enter another 3 weeks of lock down and continue to miss seeing our patients and communities but recognise that this is what is required of us to help the NHS hospitals and staff. We thought we would give you an update on what we have been up to as a practice.
Sharon and Louise have been working hard with our suppliers to secure all the relevant PPE that we will need in order to best protect our staff and patients. It is important going forwards that we can reassure you that all measures are being put in place to protect everyone from Corona virus transmission. We have been implementing measures to enable best social distancing whilst visiting the practice and will further update you on this going forwards for when we have an easing on restrictions to enable us to return to caring for our patients. Measures will include compulsory use of hand sanitiser on entering the building, recording of temperatures of patients with infrared thermometers prior to any procedures, reception screens, and digital solutions for paperwork to reduce risk of transmission from hand to hand whilst completing essential forms such as medical histories. These are in conjunction with our usual robust cross infection measures such as gloves, facemasks, visors, scrub uniform etc. The Government’s final guidelines have not been issued as yet as to the requirements for dental practices but please be assured- we are on it!!
Myself and James have also been meeting regularly with other local dental committees online to ensure our patients best interests are put forwards when restrictions are eased. These meetings are weekly and have input from a wealth of experts on how best to protect everyone moving forwards so some normality can resume. We have also had time to give the Ystrad practice interior a lick of paint and also James has been up a ladder giving the front of the building a little TLC! We also had a practice “well-being” session to help ourselves and staff with stress and relaxation techniques during these tricky times.
We hope you are all well and finding lots of things to keep yourselves busy. We are open 5 days a week for emergency contact and advice. Please do let us know if there is anything we can do to help or even just call to chat if anyone needs to hear a friendly voice.
Hopefully the good weather will return and we will see you all soon when normal service resumes.
Many thanks for your co-operation during lockdown and stay home and stay safe.
Kind regards to you all
Clare and James O’Shea