COVID-19: latest guidance for England
The latest information for dental professionals is available from the NHS England website.
This includes their standard operating procedure, Transition to recovery, a phased transition for dental practices towards the resumption of the full range of dental provision, produced with the Office for Chief Dental Officer England.
Public Health England
Your primary source of guidance on infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE) should be Public Health England.
On 21 August they released COVID-19: Guidance for the remobilisation of services within health and care settings - Infection prevention and control recommendations. This sets out the infection prevention and control (IPC) advice for health and care organisations as the UK moves to remobilise healthcare services.
For guidance on fit testing face masks to avoid transmission during the coronavirus outbreak please see the Health and Safety Executive website.
The Office for Chief Dental Officer England
On 28 August, the Office for Chief Dental Officer England (OCDO England) sent an updated communication with the latest updates regarding Covid-19. This includes reference to the updated standard operating procedure for urgent dental centres, which includes advice on clinically vulnerable patients.
The Office for Chief Dental Officer England also published further guidance, A Prompt to Prepare, outlining considerations to take into account when preparing to resume routine dental care services. Read the CDO England statement and the full A Prompt to Prepare document for more information.
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Following on from previous coronavirus (COVID-19) updates, sent to all dental providers, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) wrote to confirm the current position.