Reopening dental practice

If we open for only emergency care without suitable financial support from the government, many dental practices will not be able to sustain this and would go burst. Ther will be a significant rise in the cost of PPE and if we don’t get additional funding for this we cannot sustain also NHS practices work on the model of seeing 25 to 35 patients every day and if we have to stagger the patients we cannot sustain As we won’t be making a revenue to pay the staff never mind pay overheads. We may be seeing only 5 to 6 patients if we have to stagger them but as a business we will go burst.

Why the contribution is important

Patients are suffering with pain and if we have to reopen to provide both NHS and Private Dental support we need financial support from the government as the overhead costs are really high and the current recommendation of additional PPE and staggering the patient will not work with the current funding. Most Dental Practice is already at the risk of going burst and this will be like the last nail in the coffin.Please support both NHS and private practice with the funding to help us provide patient dental care

by changeneed on May 11, 2020 at 10:16AM

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  • Posted by davidcoffield May 11, 2020 at 10:33

    So many folks on here saying the same thing, it would be nice if the "big conversation" listened and they let them open very soon with support if they need it otherwise stop telling us the NHS is open if big chunks of it aren't.
  • Posted by captive May 11, 2020 at 10:58

    Government understandingly has a duty to its citizens. Which in Scotland It is managing with great wisdom. However the nations dental needs require addressing. It cannot manage these needs from only a handful of centres. Sooner or later the profession at large will need to be called upon. If it is not soon many of our non-NHS colleagues will face permanent closures of their practices. To address the safety aspects both for dental staff and patients appropriate costs will require tobe built into the fees. These fees must reflect all business overheads.
  • Posted by AMMAC May 11, 2020 at 12:07

    Totally agree. Hope this is listened to by those who have oversight of this site and something is done soon--not another woolly roadmap but a straightforward agreement to open when dental practitioners condsider it safe to do so.
  • Posted by beachhut May 11, 2020 at 12:47

    Urgently needing our dentists to reopen, I for one have toothache and at one of the urgent hubs set up was basically told it would need to be extracted only option really! I for one would pay extra to see my own dentist....please open soon
  • Posted by sheenaduboust May 11, 2020 at 12:51

    As I am paying for a dental plan I cannot access and had an appointment for a filling cancelled due to Covid , I support re opening with the staff having the required PPE. I do not want my teeth to deteriorate because I can’t get to a dentist I pay a lot for!
  • Posted by Kensim9 May 11, 2020 at 12:51

    Please remember Dentistry is an NHS service, despite having to pay at source! Private Dentistry subsidises the NHS care of children as NHS fees are not appropriate for full Covid-19 treatment where all aerosol treatment should be done under rubber dam. I can say fees are inappropriate as retired dentist ie no longer allowed to call myself a dentist and cannot be struck off for telling the truth!
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