NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have announced that urgent dental care services are now available to people in Dorset.
“Since the Prime Minister announced social distancing measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19, a set of restrictions on daily activity to contain the spread of the virus were introduced. All non-urgent dental activity has stopped in line with the changes to people’s everyday lives that the Prime Minister has signalled.
“In light of the public health control measures and in recognition of the difficulties that dental practices face, including continuing concerns about staff safety, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) is making a number of immediate changes to the delivery and operation of our dental services in the South West region.“Dorset CCG
The Dorset CCG said that the new dental services will be available to individuals with urgent and emergency dental problems. The current criteria for availability include:
- possible or confirmed COVID-19 patients
- “shielded” and at significant risk from COVID-19
- vulnerable or increased risk from COVID-19
- anyone else who doesn’t fit one of the above
The Urgent Dental Care (UGC) systems are being established in such a way, as to allow the treatment of patients while keeping appropriate separation distances and hygiene measures.
It’s vital to note that drop-ins are not permitted, as patients will only be seen after a referral via the triage system.
If you’re registered with a dental practice in Dorset, you should contact them first through a phone call. You must not attend any clinics without referral. If you aren’t registered with a dental practice, call 111.
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