We have now re-opened but are ramping up appointments slowly. The information posted below is the email that we sent to patients around 7.6.20 and is kept here to explain how this process started and is continuing:
You will, I am sure, be aware of the difficulties that all practices are experiencing due to the constantly changing Government guidance and the problems of obtaining all of the necessary materials and equipment. As part of a multiple medical centre we are also in the hands of Litfield House and naturally wish to be confident in their policies and procedures before seeing patients.
We are, however, making significant progress and we will be finalising our procedures and initiating new staff training during the week of 8th June. When we begin to see patients, we will be prioritising urgent cases and also keeping certain appointments specifically set up for vulnerable patients. I would also reiterate that we intend to start slowly and carefully until we are confident that our processes have “bedded in.” This will considerably reduce our throughput at first and we ask you all to bear with us as this is for the safety of patients and staff.
However, on a much more positive note, we have been given a preview of the results of an expert group that gathered last November to evaluate the efficacy of the various stages in the treatment of periodontal disease. This concluded that the evidence showed that deep cleaning can be carried out by hand or powered (ultrasonic) instrumentation with equal results. Whilst unsurprisingly there are some caveats to this, it does mean that we will be able to offer a full range of treatments far sooner than would previously the case if we had had to wait until we could reintroduce ultrasonics. In practical terms this encompasses the full range of maintenance care which many patients will be needing to catch up on. I should also note that the group that carried out this evaluation was comprised of
independent experts in the field, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, and so were not influenced by outside Governmental or other players.
We will continue to keep patients updated on our status by email but, as usual, if you have any
problems or queries do not hesitate to contact us.
With very best wishes,