Last updated: Wednesday 25 March at 1pm
Latest Government advice
On Monday 23 March, the UK Government has now advised stronger measures to tackle coronavirus, covering:
- Only go to work if you cannot do your work at home.
- If possible, you should not go out, even to buy food or essentials, other than for exercise and in that case at a safe distance from others
- Avoid all unnecessary travel.
- Isolate households for 14 days, if one family member becomes unwell or has Coronavirus symptoms (a new persistent cough or a temperature).
- Only use the NHS when it’s really necessary, or use NHS111 online.
- ‘High risk’ individuals (including those with illnesses, pregnant women and the older population) to take additional care.
- Certain at risk groups have been notified and asked to isolate for 12 weeks.
What should dental practices be doing?
We are advising all dental practices to continue to monitor the relevant Government and NHS websites so that they are up to date with the latest advice on Coronavirus.
On 20th March 2020, updated official guidelines were published for dental teams working in England. Further interpretation of the advice was published by the BDA on the 22nd March. Further guidance has now been published for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, it is imperative you look out for your most recent local update as these vary between the jurisdictions.
While these guidelines and others are summarised below, for definitive guidance please refer to these documents and any subsequent updates that replace them by following these links:
England (25th March 2020)
Latest update from Chief Dental Officer NHS England - 25th March 2020
Northern Ireland (24th March 2020)
Scotland (23rd March 2020)
Wales (23rd March 2020)
- A high temperature (37.8 or above) – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- A new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
- You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
- Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.
- If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
- If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
- If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online
coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Further information and advice from the NHS for the public can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Denplan from Simplyhealth is continuing to monitor the situation in the UK and will update their advice as things develop.
Dr Catherine Rutland
Clinical Director at Simplyhealth