How to get an NHS dentist appointment during COVID-19

Routine dental care has had to change because of COVID-19, with social distancing rules making it difficult to access services. Here’s some information on how to access an NHS dentist during the pandemic.

 

From 8 June 2020, dentists have been given the green light to reopen as long as they have social distancing measures and the right personal protective equipment in place.

As a result, not all services or practices will be available from this date and there will be fewer appointments available.

 

How do I find a dentist?

 

To get the help you need you can:

 

  • Phone your local dentist to get information about their opening hours and advice on where you can go to get the care you need

 

  • If you don’t have a dentist or your dentist is closed, you can phone NHS 111. Translation services are available.

 

 

 

Do not visit a dentist without an appointment. 

 

Practices will need to prioritise their patients based upon their needs. The British Dental Association advises:

 

  • If you call to make an appointment, you will be asked some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again at your appointment

 

  • You will probably be asked to use hand sanitiser or to wash your hands when you arrive (and again before you leave)

 

  • Social distancing measures will be in place in the waiting rooms

 

  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

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