Last updated: Wednesday 25 March at 1pm
On Monday 23 March, the UK Government has now advised stronger measures to tackle coronavirus, covering:
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)
Northern Ireland (24th March 2020)
Scotland (23rd March 2020)
Wales (23rd March 2020)
The latest NHS advice for healthcare professionals on Coronavirus is available at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/
The latest information on self-isolation, which applies to everyone, including NHS staff, is available at:
For Primary Care information visit:
For Secondary Care information visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/secondary-care/
Link to Novel Coronavirus standard operating procedure publication for Primary Dental Care settings (including community dental services): https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/20200305-COVID-19-PRIMARY-CARE-SOP-DENTAL-PUBLICATION-V1.1.pdf
We would also advise practices to sign up for the latest Government responses on Coronavirus:
For Denplan members please see more detailed guidance if you log into your portal.
If you live alone and you have symptoms of Coronavirus however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
For anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.
There is more information available here on the NHS website.
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