Scottish Government has announced that from 1st November we are moving to phase 4 of the NHS Dental Remobilisation Plan. This means that NHS dentists will be able to provide the full range of NHS treatments from this date. The government acknowledge that this is not a return to business as usual, because constraints to control the spread of Coronavirus, severely limit the number of patients that can be treated. Given this limited capacity, dental teams are expected to prioritise patients based on their oral health needs.
Each dentist is to be supplied with enough PPE to treat 10 NHS patients per day, 5 of whom can have procedures that generate spray (drills and scalers). Some of these appointments will be reserved for patients requiring urgent care.
We are aware that there is a huge backlog of patients requiring treatment, but practices will be operating at approximately 20% of their normal capacity when we enter phase 4.
It is likely that the phones will be very busy, appointment books will fill quickly and the waiting time for NHS appointments will be significant. We ask patients to be understanding of the situation which is frustrating for all parties.
Please be assured that we continue to do our best for our patients, as we have done throughout this pandemic. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding. Please see below letter from the Chief of Dentistry which also clarifies this.
We ask for your patience during these difficult times for everyone.