CDS clinical teams have been being trained in how to use and fit Personal Protective Equipment so we can be part of the network offering urgent, emergency dental care during the Covid 19 crisis.
CDS has been part of the wider dental service response to the Covid19 pandemic, ensuring support for patients through telephone triage and remote consultation, reducing the need for patients to be seen in clinic. Dentistry is intrinsically high risk due to the use of aerosols (drills).
Where patients need to be seen for urgent care, including people who have been diagnosed with Covid19 or are showing symptoms, we need to ensure we can do this safely for patients and our clinical teams. We have been liaising with commissioners, suppliers, cleaning companies and with national bodies to deliver treatment safely.
In each area, we are setting up one Covid19 clinic suitable for any patient needing urgent dental care that has not been possible to manage remotely, along with another site to manage asymptomatic patients. In both cases this will be a last resort step where people cannot be managed remotely.
Clinical teams across CDS are being trained to use and fit their PPE correctly, so we can get back to what we all want to do – caring for our patients.