We’re aware of the lifting of the remaining COVID-19 restrictions from 19 July 2021. But we still need to act cautiously to stop the spread of the virus. The delta variant is more transmissible, and people visiting this practice may be contagious without knowing it. Many people are still not yet fully vaccinated, so cutting virus transmission is still important. Health premises are a higher risk environment and we need to maintain some control measures to keep everyone safe. So we are asking everyone visiting our practice to wear a face mask, unless you’re exempt, maintain social distancing and use hand gel or wash your hands

We are currently providing care for all of our Essex patients at all of our clinics.

In order to comply with stringent infection control practices, appointments are allocated to each clinic on the basis of the type of care to be provided, rather than by patient location.

If you would like to enquire about a referral, please contact the Referrals team based within the Witham Clinic on cds.essexreferrals@nhs.net or 01376 337842.

Attendance at a clinic is by appointment only to enable us to ensure adequate social distancing.

We have had to cancel routine care during the Lockdown period, and are currently re-establishing services, prioritising the most urgent care first. We will contact patients as and when we are able to see them, but please call us on the telephone number above if you have an urgent dental problem.

When you attend for an appointment at the clinic, you will be advised to remain in your car until a member of staff comes out to collect you (or to wait outside the main entrance if on foot). You will be asked to wear a mask and to apply sanitizer to your hands before you come into the clinic. All patients will have had a telephone or video consultation with a clinician before their appointment and the exact nature of the treatment to be provided will be agreed during that call. It is important that you let us know during this call if you or any or anybody in your household has had symptoms of COVID 19 (persistent cough, high temperature, persistent loss of taste or smell). The presence of symptoms will not prevent you from accessing urgent care, but we will need to put suitable arrangements in place to minimise the risk of transmission.

To minimise personal contact, we ask that patients do not bring any non-essential items into the clinic, and that they are unaccompanied unless they require the presence of a carer or parent to attend. If you pay for your treatment, where possible, we will ask you to do this over the telephone.

How to Refer

CDS in Essex accept Referrals for patients with additional needs, plus size patients, anxious patients requiring care under sedation or General Anaesthesia. Please contact us for full details of our acceptance criteria.

If you are a referring GDP, please use the Referral Form below, which you can send by post or email, and advise your patient where our services are available.

If you are a non-dental healthcare professional or are referring from any other organisation, please contact the Referrals Office for further clarification.

Referrals Co-ordinator
Community Dental Services
Witham Health Centre
4 Mayland Road

Tel: 01376 337841

Email: cds.essexreferrals@nhs.net
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