COVID-19 coronavirus and its effect on dentistry As you’re probably aware, England, along with the rest of the World is currently in a state of disarray as a result of the measures being taken to try and combat the effect of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We have put together some information to help keep our patients updated around the virus, its impact on your dental care and specifically how it has affected the care we can offer you at Marple Dental Practice. Alongside this, we’re also providing some helpful advice to our patients about what to do during this unprecedented situation. UPDATE 24/07/2020 As of today it is is now required for people to wear masks/face coverings in shops and public enclosed spaces. We would like to point out that dental practices are exempt from this ruling. However we are happy for people to wear masks while attending the practice (although it will need to be removed during treatment for obvious reasons). UPDATE 06/06/2020 We have posted a blog with a brief explanation of how the practice will reopen on 08/06/20. It can be found on our blog page UPDATE 29/05/2020 Last night it was announced that dental practices may begin to reopen from 8/6/20. This came as a surpise to us as we had no information regarding this from any of our professional bodies or regulators prior to the Prime Ministers annoucment in his daily briefing on 28/05/2020. We are curently investigating into what treatments and procedures are advised and how they may be carried out safely in the wake of the Coronoavirus pandemic along with what steps are advised to protect our patients and staff. We will update our information regarding this when we have it but it does mean we can reopen very soon. We appreciate everyone’s understanding during this difficult period. Original post from April 2020 How has coronavirus affected Marple Dental Practice? Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, Public Health England has instructed that there should be no face to face dental appointments within general dental practices. In order to protect patients and staff, Marple Dental Practice has therefore unfortunately had to close its doors for the time being. Dentists Nerys and Grant Matthews can still be contacted where necessary (see below) Urgent Dental Care centres are currently being established where emergency care is needed. How will this affect my upcoming appointment? We are hopeful that the current situation won’t carry on for too long and that the majority of patient appointments will be unaffected. If your appointment is due during our closure we will contact you to arrange rescheduling. What if I have a dental emergency or toothache? If you are suffering from toothache or a dental emergency, please telephone the practice (0161 4271366), During our opening hours (10am-3pm Monday to Friday), you will be able to speak to one of our Dentists, Grant or Nerys Matthews. Grant or Nerys will offer advice to resolve any dental problems where possible or give details of how to access emergency dental treatment If you have an urgent dental problem outside of our opening hours which cannot wait please call 111. In the event of a severe dental emergency such as uncontrolled bleeding or severe swelling which is affecting your breathing please attend your local A&E department. Further information for dental plan members Grant and Nerys will continue to offer advice and support where needed throughout our closure. (see above) Our Dentists will be working extended hours once we reopen to ensure that all patients who have been affected by our closure will be seen as soon as possible. Marple Dental Practice will reimburse any urgent NHS charges incurred by patients who are on a dental plan and have needed to access the Urgent Dental Care centres during our closure. Please keep your receipts and our reception team will be able to organise for this when we reopen. If you have any further questions regarding your dental plan, please email us THANK YOU Grant, Nerys and all our staff would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our plan members whose continued membership and support is vital to the survival of Marple Dental Practice during this difficult time. As a token of our gratitude we will be freezing our plan prices until 2022 for existing plan members. Stay safe, look after each other and keep washing your hands.