We would like to explain to you and your families how we propose to restart our services. We hope that you have all managed to remain safe and have so far come through the pandemic in complete health.
Our planned re-opening of the practice is the 17th June 2020, following a risk assessment to confirm it is safe to do so. Patients need to confirm with the practice that they are not vulnerable or shielding before attending any appointments. These patients should only attend the practice if absolutely unavoidable. For those unsure please follow the below link for clarification:
Unfortunately, from now on our working practises are having to change, as safety requires us to adopt additional procedures and protocols as well as the use of more protective equipment. Although some practices may have started back on 8th June, in line with the statement put out on national television, the majority of practices will not be able to start. This is because personal protective equipment (PPE) of the kind now required needs to be sourced and specially fit-tested to ensure full safety compliance. This requires time and, of course, the availability of PPE.
Dental practices are very well versed in infection control procedures but, in order to ensure a safer environment, further controls involving remote triaging in advance of the patient’s appointment, as well as accessing and departing the practice safely will now be adopted. The use of a waiting area/room will be minimal and overall the practice will have a more spartan appearance. We shall be contacting you all in due course and protocols to follow from now on will be explained to you by the staff. Should you in the meantime have questions or dental issues, please feel free to contact us.
Fewer patients can be treated, as the time required to allow the air to be refreshed (dispersal of aerosols) and the thorough cleaning of surgeries between patients has to be observed. Appointment times between patients will be more spaced to avoid contact with others. Inevitably, choice of appointment times will be more limited.
Initially, all treatments will be prioritised to deal with the more pressing cases, although for the time-being these can only be limited to non-aerosol treatment i.e. without the use of coolant sprays for drills or ultrasonic scalers. We hope that eventually we can get back to a level of normality with the reintroduction of more extensive treatments, but unfortunately the dental profession is generally not yet at that stage.
We shall try to do our best to ensure a trouble-free experience for everyone, but we ask for your patience as we all adjust to these new procedures.
Dr Cheryl Tracey
Dr Alastair Mann
Oakham Dental Studio offers all types of dental treatment under one roof, thanks to specialist staff and all the latest dental technology.
Our brand new practice has facilities for general dentistry and cosmetic treatments as well as the services of two highly qualified consultant orthodontists. We use high-tech equipment from Sirona, Germany, as well as all the latest materials and dental techniques, to ensure you get the very best treatment available. We are committed to high standards of hygiene, sterilisation, health and safety, so you can feel assured that you are in very safe hands. We are also fully compliant with all General Dental Council policies and following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (March 2013) have received an excellent report.
It is important that all our patients feel comfortable and relaxed when they visit us, so our practice has been designed carefully and with great attention to detail. The practice is based in the courtyard development of Knight’s Yard, in the centre of Oakham, Rutland, meaning your visit to the dentist is a truly pleasant one, from start to finish.