COVID-19

The Scottish Government

COVID-19 Surveillance Programme in Dental Settings

The Chief Medical and Dental Officers have just issued a letter indicating that the dental asymptomatic infection screening programme is to be discontinued at the end of March 2021. Public Health Scotland has published findings of the programme from August to December 2020 and a final report will be published in May 2021 Download a…

PPE Quality Control / Quality issues

The following list of Health Board contacts will allow practitioner to make direct contact with their local boards regarding Quality  Control / Quality issues with the PPE . This will allow the issue to be escalated to National Procurement. This contact should ensure escalation but reduces the notion of multiple dental practices having to make contact…

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SDCEP Mitigation of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry – A Rapid Review Update

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has today issued an update to their ‘Rapid Review of the Mitigation of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry’ within a new appendix and as a standalone document.  At this time, the conclusions of the rapid review remain unchanged. Searching for new evidence will continue. The Working Group emphasises…

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Level 4 COVID restrictions – CDO letter

The Chief Dental Officer (CDO) has today issued a letter about the Level 4 COVID restrictions coing into force on Boxing day. The letter indicates that there will be no change to dental service provision during the Level 4 COVID restrictions. The letter also higlights the national infection prevention and control guidance and standard operating…

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Non-CE marked Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

During the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic when PPE supply chains were at risk, the European Commission issued an easement to relevant rules with the effect that non-CE marked PPE could be purchased and used subject to their approval by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A decision has been taken to end this…

The Scottish Government

Remobilisation of NHS Dental Services: Phase 4

Update 24th November: an updated version of the Standard Operating Procedures for Dental Teams was released. As previously indicated NHS dental services will be moving to phase 4 of the NHS Dental Remobilisation Plan from the 1st of November. From that date NHS dental contractors will be able to provide the full range of NHS…

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…

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…

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SDCEP Rapid Review on Mitigation of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry published

Today the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) published their rapid review of the evidence related to the generation and mitigation of aerosols in dental practice and the associated risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Significant support for the review was provided by Cochrane Oral Health, a key partner in the project. The review is now available to…

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Ventilation, water and environmental cleaning in dental surgeries relating to COVID-19

This SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) on ventilation water and environmental cleaning in dental surgeries relating to COVID-19 was developed by a Short Life Working Group (SLWG) that included all devolved administrations, representatives from Public Health England (PHE) and academia (see table below). The purpose of the short life working group was to review and…

Aerosol Generating Procedures and their Mitigation in International Dental Guidance Documents

The COVID-19 Dental Services Evidence Review (CoDER) Working Group has just published its  rapid review of  Aerosol Generating Procedures and their Mitigation in International Dental Guidance Documents on Cochrane Oral Health The review is the work of a collaborative group of researchers and clinicians from a range of UK institutions, including the Scottish Dental Clinical…

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SDCEP-Rapid Review of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry

SDCEP, with the support of Cochrane Oral Health, is coordinating a rapid review of the international evidence related to aerosol generating procedures in dental healthcare. The UK-wide working group is chaired by Prof. Jeremy Bagg and includes topic experts from medical virology and aerobiology as well as representatives from the general dental practice, hospital dental…

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SDCEP – Comparison of UK Return-to-Practice Documents

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) have published a comparison of the five main UK documents published in recent weeks. While the layout of the documents varies the level of agreement across the source documents should provide reassurance to dental professionals in every area of the UK. Download Comparison of UK Return-to-Practice documents Note…

Reopening dental practices – Latest CDO update

This latest CDO letter provides information on plans to reintroduce dental services on a phased basis over the course of this month. A specific date being confirmed following the next 3-weekly lockdown review point on the 18 June. Practices are advised to:- implement the recommendations of the SDCEP practice recovery toolkit Prepare a single surgery…