COVID-19 GUIDANCE- NHS GENERAL DENTAL SERVICE
Monday 17 August 2020 – Practice remobilisation update.
In recent weeks the Scottish Government has slowly been bringing General Dental Services out of lockdown. We have gone from being closed completely for 3 months from late March to being able to provide a limited number of procedures including check-ups, scaling, X-rays and some types of urgent care, but nothing that involves an Aerosol Generating Procedure (AGP). An AGP is anything that creates an aerosol such as drilling, ultrasonic scaling and the water and air spray that we use when doing check-ups and fillings.
As of today, and as part of the continuing emergence from lockdown, the NHS is allowing us to provide treatments that create AGPs but only for urgent dental care and only when necessary. This means we can treat certain types of toothache in the practice rather than having to refer our patients to the local urgent dental care hub in Coatbridge. This is good news because it means our patients can be seen at their own practice by their own Dentist, and it means we are a step closer to normality. We are still limited in the number of patients we can see per day due to social distancing.
We have spent a lot of time working on and testing new operating procedures, protocols, staff training and physical changes to the surgeries in order that we can offer AGPs and we are content that we can so whilst keeping our staff and patients safe. We are still not allowed to provide routine NHS AGP treatments such as fillings, crown and bridge, root canal treatment and ultrasonic scaling and polishing. We are however, allowed to do these things independently of the NHS and we think our patients should have access to them, so we have made them available.
We are now able to provide implants, ultrasonic scaling and polishing, white and silver fillings, root canal treatment, surgical extractions, crown and bridgework, tooth whitening, Invisalign and C-fast Orthodontics, wrinkle reducing injections and fillers, mouthguards and splints independently or privately. If you come in for a check-up and need any treatment which we are not allowed to do on the NHS we will offer it privately.
We want to be able to provide treatment for people that the NHS doesn’t allow us to provide just now. Hopefully, we’ll be back to normal soon. If anyone has any questions or seeks clarification, then please contact Lorraine, who is the Holytown Practice Manager, Amanda, who is the Newarthill Practice Manager, Jim or Lee-Anne who are the Practice Owners and Principal Dentists. We’re getting there.
McManus and Scott Dental Surgeries consists of two dental practices – One in Holytown, the other in Newarthill. Situated just minutes from the M8 motorway we are easily accesible even to those who do not live locally.
To set ourselves apart from other practices we have invested in modernising both practices and provide state-of-the-art facilities combined with modern, comfortable surroundings making our practices desirable for both patients and staff alike.
|Monday||9am – 5:30pm||9am – 6pm|
|Tuesday||9am – 8pm||9am – 8pm|
|Wednesday||9am – 8pm||9am – 5:30pm|
|Thursday||9am – 8pm||9am – 5:30pm|
|Friday||9am – 4:30pm||9am – 4:30pm|
|Saturday||9am – 1pm||(by arrangement)|
5 Main Street – Holytown, ML1 4TA
54 High Street – Newarthill, ML1 5JU
NHS Patients – Register with us
We are currently accepting new NHS Adult and Children patients. Check-ups are FREE on the NHS and you may even qualify for free dental treatment. Feel free to contact us for more information or if you wish to register yourself or your family.