Covid-19 Statement 29th May 2020

Following the announcement on BBC news last night Bamford Dental Practice are pleased to hear that dental practices will be allowed to re-open shortly.

We will schedule a carefully planned, phased resumption of service to account for social distancing measures and the delivery of safe care to ensure we protect our patients.

Our first priority will be the management and care of patients that have suffered urgent dental problems during the lockdown period. We have a comprehensive list of all patients that have contacted us seeking urgent care and advice and we will contact those patients in due course.

***Please do not contact the practice to arrange a routine appointment***

Our initial phase of reopening will be limited to the management of urgent dental problems.

For anyone experiencing a dental emergency our team remain available for remote triage and advice.

Many thanks for your co-operation and we look forward to being able to care for our patients in our practice again

Andy, Shalini and all the team at Bamford Dental Practice

Covid-19 Statement 5th May 2020

Following the continued guidance from the Chief Dental Officer of England and the continued guidance from the Government to stop all non-essential travel, Bamford Dental Practice is still closed for all routine care and unable to offer any face to face appointments. Our first priority is always to protect the safety of our patients, our team and to protect those patients in the most highest-risk groups in our wider community.

However we are still available to provide any advice and remotely deal with any concerns that you may have. We have an emergency triage system in place to help you deal with any dental emergencies you may experience, so please phone the practice during our normal working hours and a dedicated team member will be available to answer your call. During this current unsettled time, we have extended our working hours till 5pm on Fridays and will accept and triage any patient with a dental emergency – even if you are not a regular attender at Bamford Dental Practice. This is to help relieve the pressure on the NHS 111 service. If a patient is found to require additional urgent dental treatment you can be referred to a Local Urgent Dental Care Clinic where treatment can be provided. These clinics have been set up to provide emergency treatment with the correct specialist protective equipment whilst dental practice restrictions are still in place.

Patients who require out of hours advice should contact the practice where you will be given your options for out of hours advice.

We are working relentlessly to stay up to date with the developing Covid-19 evidence as it unfolds and will ensure that we adapt in accordance with the latest regulatory advice.  Patients will be kept up to date with any changes to appointments, and we greatly appreciate your co-operation with this. For all our patients who have appointments booked with us in the next few weeks, you should have received notification that the appointment has been cancelled and please know that we will contact you as soon as we are able to see routine appointments.

We appreciate your understanding during this uncertain time, Your care remains our top priority and we look forward to welcoming you back to practice as soon as we can.

Andy, Shalini and all the team at Bamford Dental Practice

Covid-19 Statement 23rd March 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that from Monday 23rd March 2020, Bamford Dental Practice will suspend all routine dental care and restrict our care to advice and dental emergencies only for the foreseeable future.

We have had to make the incredibly difficult decision to protect our patients, dedicated team and the wider community following the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Late last week we received updated scientific and regulatory guidance regarding the high risk that continuing to provide routine dental care posed, particularly around the potential spread of COVID-19 via asymptomatic patients.

Having carefully considered the advice of the UK Government, the Chief Dental Officer for England, NHS England and the British Dental Association it has become clear that we can no longer provide routine dental care whilst adhering to the stated aims of social distancing, reducing non-essential travel and reducing use of health services (particularly relating to the need to preserve precious stocks of personal protective equipment).

In addition, there has been a high degree of concern regarding the spread of Coronavirus and use of aerosol generating procedures (use of dental drills, scaling equipment and air/water sprays) which are all fundamental to the practice of routine dental care.

It is with great regret that until further notice we will be providing an advice and emergency service only throughout our normal working hours.

We are genuinely saddened to have to take this step for any inconvenience this causes.

We hope you are all keeping safe and well. Thank you for your continued loyalty and support, even during these uncertain times. Our thoughts go out to all of you who have been affected by this unprecedented situation.

Andy, Shalini and all the team at Bamford Dental Practice