Latest update 08/06/20
We are pleased to announce that we are now able to see patients on a face to face basis. There are currently some limits on what we are able to do however we are confident that we will manage to overcome these problems in the next few weeks.
If you have advised us of a dental problem, please be patient, we will contact you shortly. If your problem has deteriorated please call us and advise us of the situation.
We are already contacting our patients who were part way through treatment when we had to close.
If you are due a routine appointment please be patient, we are working our way through the appointments we have had to postpone and will be in touch as soon as possible.
You will be aware that throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic, there has been a national shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We have managed to obtain a small supply of various items of PPE but are still struggling with the supply of some other items (more details about this below). This is the constraining factor for us now that we are able to re-open. I hope that you will be able to bear with us over the coming weeks and months- things are not going to be back to “normal” for some time and we are all going to have to get used to the current situation.
Your appointments will be much longer than previously, we will be wearing all manner of outlandish PPE and we will be contacting you by phone and email in advance of all appointments. Please help us by being patient and checking we have your correct contact details. We will get your teeth up and smiling again as soon as possible!
Thank you for your continuing support over this period.
More about PPE
The shortage of supply of face masks has been our biggest problem for re-opening. To give a little more detail let me explain. The use of high-speed drills and scalers causes “aerosol”. This is a fine spray of water and saliva and possibly infective Virus particles. To protect us from this, we are obliged to wear FFP2 and FFP3 face masks. These are different from the usual surgical masks that we have been wearing for decades, in fact these were originally used in building and construction to protect workers from substances such as asbestos and MDF dust.
We have managed to obtain a supply of suitable masks, but the problem does not end here.
To ensure that they are effective, the masks must be “fitted” for each individual who is going to wear them. This requires a qualified “tester” who uses a test kit to ensure that the subject is not exposed to the dust or virus.
If the supply of masks changes for example a different manufacturer or even a different model from the same manufacturer, the wearer must be re-tested to ensure a good fit. Not all masks are compatible with an individual’s face shape, so it is necessary sometimes to test several types before a fit can be certified.
We managed to find a certified “fit tester” who came to our practice however only a small number of our staff passed the “fit test” with the masks we had available at that time.
Our next step was for Mark and Sachin to become certified “Fit Testers”, which we have now achieved. This means that we have In-house ability to test and re-test each other as different types of mask become available over the coming months.
The final missing piece in the jigsaw is a “test kit”. We need one of these to be able to check the adequate fit of a mask to one of our team. Unfortunately, these have all been bought up by NHS Supply chain for use in secondary health care. (hospitals) We are expecting to obtain one of these in about 2 weeks’ time but until we get one, we are unable to provide treatments involving drilling or ultrasonic scaling.
You can find us above the Co-op supermarket in the centre of Keyworth.
There is ample free 2 hour parking behind the practice in the Bunny Lane car park,
We have installed a stair lift in case you have difficulty climbing stairs, If you require assistance to use this facility there is an intercom at the bottom of the stairs to call our receptionist, who will be happy to help you.
There are direct bus links with the City Centre, West Bridgford, Tollerton, Edwalton, Plumtree. In fact the Keyworth Connection stops just outside our front door.