Dartmouth Dental Practice

Wuhan Novel Coronavirus - Temporary Closure

Updated on Friday 8th of May 2020

We would like to let all of our patients know that as per the Governments guidelines, the practice is, sadly, temporarily closed for routine dental treatment. We hope to be open as soon as possible. We will, of course, keep you updated. If you have an appointment booked in the near future and have not heard from us, please call the practice before coming in.
Please be reassured that should you have a dental emergency, I will be checking our emails and answerphone messages regularly and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.
We wish all our patients the very best during this uncertain time.
Kind regards
Marian Roberts
Understandably our patients, in particular those who are elderly and medically compromised, may feel anxious about coronavirus transmission. We just need to reassure you that we are probably one of the safest places to be at the moment due to our meticulous cross infection control procedures throughout the practice, and that includes both the surgeries and public areas. We are also fortunate enough to have two waiting areas so if patients would prefer to wait for their appointment in isolation this can, usually, be accommodated.

If you are concerned that you or a relative may have been exposed to or become infected with the novel coronavirus, please contact NHS111, DO NOT attend A&E and DO NOT come to the surgery.

Please click on the link below for advice from the government website.

Coronavirus - Advice for Patients

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

• a cough

• a high temperature

• shortness of breath

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu and it does not necessarily mean you have the illness.

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

• you think you might have coronavirus

• you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus