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Coronavirus Info

In line with the Government Guidelines  –  precautions have been put in place to keep patients and the team safe.

 

A MESSAGE TO OUR PATIENTS

COVID-19 UPDATE – 1st November 2020

A MESSAGE TO OUR PATIENTS

Simply Smile Netherton Dental Practice remains open– National Lockdown Announcement 31st October 2020

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a second national lockdown due to the rising number of cases of Covid-19.

Simply Smile Netherton Dental Practice will still be open. There are no restrictions with regards to medical treatment and you are actively encouraged to keep your appointments. At Simply Smile Netherton we have all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and will continue to follow our high standards in cross infection control.

What next?

Please continue to attend your appointments. We have excellent infection control procedures along with a robust triaging policy to ensure the safety of both patients and staff.

If you are worried about your attendance please contact us to discuss your concerns and we can always postpone your treatment till a later date.

We continue to recommend that patients in the high-risk category delay non-essential treatment until further guidance has been given by the relevant authorities.

When you arrive:

We will provide you with a mask and request that you wear this at all times while inside the dental practice and only remove your mask at the request of the dental professional. We will continue to check your temperature and if this is above 37.8C, you will be advised to rebook your treatment and to follow government guidelines. Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes early for an appointment due to social distancing guidelines.

As you enter the building you will need to use the alcohol disinfectant rub to disinfectant your hands.

The treatment rooms will be prepared prior to your appointment with all surfaces disinfected after each patient. The air purification/exchange units will continue to be used throughout the day in each surgery. We have sourced PPE and unlike the start of the Pandemic (March 2020 in the UK), there is no shortage.

Please do not be concerned as we continue to maintain high standards of cross infection control.

Stay safe and please contact us if you have any questions.

Kind regards

Simply Smile Netherton Dental Team

What to do if you think you have coronavirus symptoms:

Stay at home if you have:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • Anosmia (loss or change in your normal sense of smell)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

People who are self-isolating with mild symptoms are not currently being tested.

How long to stay at home if you have symptoms of coronavirus

  • You’ll need to stay at home for 7 days, or longer if you still have a temperature
  • If you live with someone who has symptoms you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Guidance for stay at home self isolation

  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • This action will help protect others in your community while you are infectious
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure you can successfully stay at home
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
  • Sleep alone, if possible
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
  • Stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible
  • You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

It is particularly important for people who:

  • Are 70 or over
  • Have a long-term condition
  • Are pregnant
  • Have a weakened immune system

Do:

    • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
    • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
    • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
    • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
    • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
    • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
    • only travel on public transport if you need to
    • work from home, if you can
    • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
    • avoid events with large groups of people
    • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Don’t:

    • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
    • do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family

If you’re at high risk

The NHS will have contacted you directly if you are particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus. You’ll be given specific advice about what to do.

Information about the virus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

Further information

For the latest information and advice, please visit the Government website for Department of Health’s advice.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Please refer to www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for the most up to date information

Thank You – please Stay Safe