Dental practices to reopen from 8th June
NHS England and the Chief Dental Officer have confirmed that dental practices can provide face-to-face patient care from 8th June.
All routine dental care in England has been suspended since 25th March.
NHS England’s chief dental officer, Sara Hurley, said: “Today, we are asking that all dental practices commence opening from Monday, 8th June for all face-to-face care, where practices assess that they have the necessary IPC and PPE requirements in place.”
Ms Hurley has also written to dentists about the sort of measures practices will need to consider before reopening, including:
• Limiting use of waiting areas, with patients waiting outside if they arrive early
• Waiting rooms chairs spaced 2m apart
• Screening staff on a daily basis
• Installing physical barriers, such as a plastic shield, in reception areas