New moves finally take the pain out of seeing the dentist

Dental surgeries are now once again able to see NHS patients in need of urgent care.

Monday, 22nd June 2020, 2:55 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd June 2020, 3:01 pm
Dentist Fiez Mugha and Dental Nurse Johanna Bartha don their protective gloves and face shields at their dental practice. Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images

Practices have been given guidance and PPE to allow them to provide urgent treatments which do not create an aerosol as part of NHS Scotland’s remobilisation plan.

Chief dental officer Tom Ferris said: “Dental practices will be able to see NHS patients who are in need of urgent care for face-to-face consultation, using procedures which limit the risk of spread of using coronavirus such as non-aerosol generating procedures.

“This will mean up to an additional 10,000 appointment slots available per day across Scotland.

“Dentists and dental teams will be aware of the absolute necessity to ensure patient and staff safety as we move to the next phase, as well as public health more generally.

“The Scottish Government will continue to fund the NHS financial sustainability measures during this phase.”