Government and COVID 19 Information:
The Welsh Government has now moved to low amber. The following documents have been made available (27th August 2020):
Progress through Amber Phase of Recovery in Dentistry – here
Standard Operating Procedure for the Dental Management of Non-COVID-19 Patients in Wales – here
Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to Inform Orthodontic Treatment in Wales During COVID-19 Pandemic – here
Past information for reference:
De-escalation Letter from CDO – 19 June 2020 here
CDO letter, de-escalation and recovery plans – Published 22/05/2020
Red Alert Phase Escalation – Published 3/3/2020
Letter from CDO for Primary Care Dental Teams in Wales issued 17/03/20 – here
Red Alert from Welsh Government and CDO
Financial Offer and Business Continuity
Here are some further resources that you might find helpful. Please check back on this page for further updates.
Very helpful advice for patients from the BDA here
The following document has been released by Public Health Wales (and others) to support infection prevention measures in primary care.
Guidance for infection prevention and control in healthcare settings. Download here.
You may continue to make referrals for patients through the system. Referrals for suspected cancer will be dealt with as normal but most other referrals will be added to a waitlist until such time that they can be seen.
We will add information here about referrals to Urgent care centres when it is available.
The Welsh Government has now moved to low amber
- A bi-lingual public information poster has been provided for Welsh practices.
Accessing COVID Urgent Care Centres
You will see a new referral form on your system called “COVID Urgent Care Form”. You can use this to refer patients that meet your Health Boards criteria for urgent treatment. Please check your local guidance before making a referral. Health Boards that are live are on the system now and we expect all to be live by Monday 6th April 2020.
CPD available – 1 hour online training for conversations with parents and carers
A new online training course has been made available to help dental practitioners to:
- To have acceptable and effective conversations with parents & carers about making behaviour changes for better family oral health
- To help parents & carers to make action plans to develop habits that support better oral health in families with young children
Polar Training is online and lasts approximately one hour to complete. It is fully accredited and certificates are sent via email following completion of a short evaluation questionnaire – access the course here
Report COVID-19 Business Continuity Here
Following the confirmation of the business continuity offer for NHS dental practices the following form should be completed every 7 days to report on activity within your practices. Please report the activity for 7 days only – not a rolling or cumulative figure. These reports should relate only to NHS patients.
The data processing agreement that signed during the referrals sign up process covers the submission of these data.
If you have any questions or concerns over referrals at this time our team is available to help. Please contact us via email or the usual telephone number.