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An Announcement Regarding COVID-19

Update March 27, 2020

WE ARE STILL OPEN FOR EMERGENCIES

We would like to inform everyone that our practice is now on Level 3 restrictions as required by the AHPPC and the ADA from Friday 27th March 2020 until further notice.

This means all elective procedures will have to be postponed until we are allowed to start undertaking them again. We request you to please be patient with us as our admin team, will ring you and reschedule any future appointments that may have been planned.

If you are uncertain whether your dental condition falls under this category or not, please do not hesitate to call us, and we will help you with your concerns. We will identify if it’s required to be looked after immediately or can be deferred to later on.

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WHAT WE CAN DO?

Only dental treatments that do not generate aerosols, or where treatments generating aerosols is limited to:

  1. Management of patients with acute dental pain e.g. endodontic treatment under rubber dam, or extraction
  2. Management of significantly damaged upper front teeth (e.g. due to trauma, with restorative treatment provided under rubber dam)
  3. Soft tissue pathology e.g. ulcers
  4. Management of complex medically compromised patients with dental concerns which may compromise their systemic disease
  5. Management of those at a higher risk of rapid progression of dental disease due to socioeconomic or cultural factors
  6. Management of patients referred by a medical practitioner for medically necessary dental care

For those patients we do see in our practice, we still continue to have a high level of infection control, with some additional measures.

  • We will pre-screen you for fever, or contact with a COVID19 suspected case, or for any travel from overseas/ interstate
  • We have hand sanitizer available to use and recommend that it be rubbed for 20 seconds when you enter
  • We ask you wait in your car until your appointment if you are arriving early
  • We have placed our chairs 1.5 m apart, and removed magazines and toys
  • We are regularly wiping down surfaces with >60% alcohol-based wipes
  • We will ask you to undertake a 20-30 second pre-procedural mouthrinse

Thank you so much for your patience in these difficult times, and we hope to return back soon on the other side of this pandemic to look after your dental needs!

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CORONA VIRUS UPDATE MARCH 13, 2020

codiv-19 resourcesAbout the ONLY thing on people’s minds right now is the Coronavirus. So let’s talk about it. The purpose of this notice is to keep you informed about the proactive approaches we’re taking with regards to the COVID-19 situation.

It is important that you look to reliable sources for information as there has been inaccurate information shared on social media. Reliable sources of information include SA Health, Australian Government Department of Health, Smartraveller and healthdirect. You can also see our most recent practice updates on our Facebook page. Please also review the home isolation tips we have included in this email.

We take your health and welfare seriously. If you have a painful or sore tooth or have been putting off treating a dental condition, we urge you to make an appointment soon so that you can be treated before any quarantine/isolation measures are introduced for the good of our community.

While we’ve always been committed to sanitation and infection control, rest assured we’re taking special precautions these days. Please review our ongoing approach to ensuring our patients safety:

  • Our waiting room chairs are 1.5m apart in line with social distancing restrictions (the 4sqm rule does not apply to health care practices)
  • Hand sanitiser is provided for use in our reception area and throughout our practice.
  • All surfaces, equipment and adjusting tables are regularly sanitized with disinfectant.
  • Team members will continue proper hand hygiene in accordance with federal guidelines and adhere to proper cough etiquette.We will complete a written/verbal screening process for all new and returning patients to keep clinic secure for everyone.

Please ring us to reschedule your appointment if you have flu like symptoms such as fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat. We would look forward to welcoming you back once your symptoms resolve.

It is essential to advise us when booking your next appointment if;

  • you have travelled overseas within the last two weeks
  • you have travelled from interstate (all people entering South Australia must isolate with immediate effect from today, 23 March 2020)
  • you have been in contact with a COVID 19 patient or someone suspected of the virus
  • you have respiratory symptoms

Most of us have never experienced anything like this in our lifetime. It’s an evolving situation and we’ll keep you informed if anything should change.

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