Recovery of dental services ‘a process not an event’ – Faculty of Dental Surgeons
04 Jun 2020
Commenting on the release of Standard Operating Procedure: transition to recovery by the Office of the Chief Dental Officer and NHS England, Professor Michael Escudier, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons of England said:
“We welcome this guidance, which provides critical detail behind the headlines about resuming dental services. These standard operating procedures set out evidence-based processes for the dental profession to meet patients’ needs safely.
“Remote consultations will continue to be an important feature of dental care in the coming months, particularly in the process of triaging patients for face-to-face treatment. Clear hygiene rules, social distancing in waiting areas and adequate PPE must all in be in place for treatment to restart.
“Dentists are looking forward to being able to serve their communities on an expanding scale once again, but it will be some time before services return to providing care in a similar manner to that seen before lockdown.
“Recovering dental services is a process not an event. We are not flicking a switch but entering a phased transition to the resumption of a full service, and the pace of re-opening remains dependent on a continuing decline in COVID infections.”
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