COVID-19: infection prevention and control dental appendix

A new dental appendix to the recently published UK COVID-19: Guidance for the remobilisation of services within health and care settings is now available. The new guidance document can be viewed here The dental guidance seeks to ensure a consistent and resilient UK wide approach, though some differences in operational details and organisational responsibilities may…

National Dental Inspection Program (NDIP) 2020 Report

The latest findings of the Detailed Inspection programme of P1 children in school year 2019/20 have now been released by Public Health Scotland. The National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) is carried out annually under the auspices of the Scottish Dental Epidemiology Co-ordinating Committee on behalf of NHS Boards. Main points Almost three quarters (73.5%) of…

Penicillin V recommended as first line antibiotic for acute dento-alveolar infections

SAPG-Dental and clinical governance background to new prescribing guidance for penicillin V The Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG), part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, was established in 2008 at the request of the Scottish Government, to support the safe and effective use of antibiotics across hospital and community settings. The SAPG committee is a multi-professional clinical…

CDO Letter – Full range of NHS dental treatments from 1st November

In a letter released today, Tom Ferris CDO Scotland announced that, as of Sunday 1st November dental contractors will be able to provide a full range of dental treatments to NHS patients. This announcement follows the recent publication of the Scottish Dental Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) ‘Review of Aerosol Generating Provcedures in Dentistry’ which improves understanding…