COVID-19: latest guidance for Wales

Last updated: 6 November, 2020

On 20 October the COVID-19: infection prevention and control dental appendix was published, containing updated, UK-wide guidance for NHS, private and independent dental settings.

The Welsh Government

The Welsh Government website is providing regular updates and advice on dental services in Wales.

On 7 September the Welsh Government published standard operating procedures for the dental management of non-COVID-19 patients in Wales and to Inform orthodontic treatment in Wales during COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister for Health and Social Services has released a statement lifting the Red alert in dentistry in Wales from 22 June.

Dental services can now move to the Amber phase of de-escalation, meaning all dental practices in Wales were able to open from 22 June for urgent, non-aerosol care. 

Updates from the Office of Chief Dental Officer Wales

On 11 November the CDOs of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland released a joint letter to the UK dental profession outlining guidance and support available through the second COVID-19 wave.

On the 23 October the Welsh Chief and Deputy Chief Dental Officer shared a letter addressed to all Primary Care Dental Teams, detailing what the new firebreak restrictions mean for dentistry.

The Office of Chief Dental Officer for Wales published a standard operating procedure, Providing Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGP) on non-COVID-19 dental patients: guidance.

Health Education and Improvement Wales

Health Education and Improvement Wales have produced an overview of the de-escalation phases in the Welsh Government’s recovery plan for dentistry.