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CORONAVIRUS AND YOUR APPOINTMENTS

UPDATED THURSDAY 29th OCTOBER 2020

INFECTION CONTROL RESTRICTIONS HAVE REDUCED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE CAN SEE.  WE ARE THEREFORE PRIORITISING PATIENTS WITH EMERGENCIES AND OTHER PROBLEMS THAT REQUIRE ATTENTION.

IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY - OR ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ANY OTHER SYMPTOMS - PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO CALL:  A NURSE AND / OR DENTIST WILL ASSESS YOU AND, IF NECESSARY, WILL ARRANGE TO SEE YOU.

NHS PATIENTS: YOU DON'T NEED TO BE REGISTERED AT OUR PRACTICE TO ACCESS EMERGENCY DENTAL SERVICES.  ALL NHS PRACTICES ARE UNDER STRICT INSTRUCTIONS TO HELP ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC SEEKING EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE, SUBJECT TO CAPACITY AND YOUR CONDITON MEETING THE CRITERIA.  THESE INCLUDE FACIAL SWELLING AND / OR THROBBING PAIN (ABSCESS), TOOTHACHE THAT DOES NOT REPSOND TO OVER THE COUNTER PAIN KILLERS AND ABNORMAL BLEEDING AFTER AN EXTRACTION.  

NHS CHECK-UPS: WE REGRET THESE ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 

BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, TREATMENT ROOMS HAVE HAD TO BE LEFT FALLOW FOR AN HOUR THEN DEEP CLEANED AFTER EVERY 'AEROSOL' PROCEDURE.  AN 'AEROSOL' PROCEDURE IS ONE WHERE A FINE, WET MIST IS GENERATED, USUALLY WHEN THE DENTIST USES A DRILL.  

THIS RESTRICTION HAS CUT THE PATIENT FLOW BY +/- 70% MEANING EMERGENCIES AND OTHER 'MUST SEES' HAVE BECOME OUR FOCUS.  BECAUSE THESE ARE SUFFICIENT IN NUMBER TO FILL OUR DIARIES, THERE'S SIMPLY NO SPACE FOR CHECK-UPS.  

PLEASE KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATES.    WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO RESUME CHECK-UPS THE NUMBER IS LIKELY TO BE LIMITED.   

WE WON'T BE SENDING OUT AN E-MAIL ANNOUNCING THE RESUMPTION OF CHECK-UPS - WITH OVER 6000 PATIENTS ON OUR BOOKS WE WOULD BE UNABLE TO MANAGE THE VOLUME OF CALLS IT WOULD GENERATE.

PATIENTS WITH A HISTORY OF RECURRENT ORAL HEALTH ISSUES PLUS CHILDREN WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY.

DENPLAN AND PRIVATE PATIENTS: DAVID HUDSON HAS RESUMED EXAMINATIONS FOR HIS PATIENTS. 

HYGIENIST: OUR HYGIENIST SERVICE IS FULLY OPERATIONAL ALBEIT WITH 'HAND SCALE' CLEANING ONLY.  AT THEIR DISCRETION OUR HYGIENISTS WILL POLISH YOUR TEETH. 

HYGIENIST & DENTIST 'COMBINED' APPOINTMENTS 

THESE HAVE BECOME EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO SCHEDULE AS SURGERIES THAT HAVE BEEN REQUISITIONED FOR AEROSOL GENERATING PROCEDURES CAN'T BE USED BY DENTISTS FOR CHECK-UPS.  

IF YOU CAN VISIT YOUR DENTIST AND HYGIENIST SEPERATELY WE'LL BE ABLE TO BOOK YOU IN MUCH SOONER. WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

KEEPING YOU SAFE IS OUR TOP PRIORITY

WE WILL E-MAIL YOU A COVID HEALTH ASSESSMENT. IF YOU HAVEN'T RETURNED IT 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT WE WILL CALL YOU TO QUICKLY CHECK YOUR COVID STATUS.

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE PRACTICE UNLESS YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT. 

  • PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME - NOT EARLY - AS WE WISH TO AVOID USING THE WAITING ROOMS.
  • APPOINTMENT TIMES ARE STAGGERED TO AVOID PATIENTS CROSSING IN THE PUBLIC AREAS.
  • PLEASE WEAR A FACE MASK. IF YOU FORGET TO BRING ONE WE SELL THEM FOR £1.
  • WE WILL ASK YOU TO SANITISE YOUR HANDS ON ARRIVAL.  WE WILL TAKE AND RECORD YOUR TEMPERATURE.  
  • IF YOU COUGH OR SNEEZE PLEASE USE A TISSUE, BIN IT, AND WASH HANDS
  • OBSERVE STRICT 2M SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES
  • ADULTS PLEASE ATTEND ALONE, CHILDREN WITH ONE PARENT / GUARDIAN
  • YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE SHOPPING BAGS AND BULKY ITEMS AT RECEPTION.
  • PATIENT TOILET FACILITIES ARE NOT AVAILABLE 
  • PLEASE KEEP SOCIAL INTERACTION TO A MINUMUM.  WE MAY ASK YOU TO CALL AND BOOK FUTURE APPOINTMENTS INSTEAD OF MAKING THEM AT RECEPTION
  • PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE BY CARD IF POSSIBLE PLEASE.

THANK YOU FOR OBSERVING THESE REQUESTS.  WE KNOW THEY SOUND A BIT DRACONIAN BUT WE ARE SIMPLY FOLLOWING PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE DESIGNED TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE.

COVID ANTIBODY TESTS

AVAILABLE TO ANYONE WHO WANTS ONE ON A 'FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED' BASIS.  THE TEST IS A SIMPLE THUMB PRICK WITH THE RESULT TWELVE MINUTES LATER.  IT IS 97% ACCURATE AND COSTS £40.  IT WILL INDICATE IF YOU HAVE HAD COVID 19 AND IF YOU MIGHT CURRENTLY BE FIGHTING IT. 

IT IS NOT  ADMISSIBLE AS EVIDENCE FOR FLYING AND IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE COVID 19 YOU SHOULD NOT COME NEAR THE PRACTICE BUT ARRANGE AN NHS SWAB TEST AND SELF ISOLATE PENDING THE RESULT.

TO BOOK PLEASE CALL 01992 505828.

Team Hudson's

Last Updated: TUESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2020

Opening Hours: 

Monday 08-00 to 17.30, then 18.00 to 20.00 (pvt & hygiene patients)

Tuesday 08-00 to 17.30

Wednesday 08.00 - 17.30 then 18.00 - 20.00 (pvt & hygiene patients)

Thursday 08.00 - 17.00 

Friday 08.00 - 16.00 

Saturday 08.30- 12.00 (hygiene)

Bank Holidays: The Practice closes on bank holidays INCLUDING Good Friday, Easter Monday & New Year's Day

Out of Hours and Emergencies: The NHS 111 can give emergency dental advice and, if necessary, refer to an out-of-hours dentist. DENPLAN members can call DENPLAN'S emergency help line on 0800 844999

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The Wand – dentistry WITHOUT the injection

Recognising that many people are anxious about injections, we can undertake much dental work without using a traditional injection syringe. This is thanks to a technologically advanced device we've bought called The Wand which enables us to numb a tooth in a more comfortable way without needing to use a traditional injection (£12.50 charge applies). We believe we are the only dental practice in Hertford to offer its patients this more comfortable alternative to a dental injection.

Read more about it here

To make an appointment please call 01992 505828 or e-mail reception@hudsonsdentalcare.co.uk