Independent dental care in Oxfordshire
If you have coronavirus or are suffering any of the symptoms of the disease, like cough, fever, loss of taste or smell, then please do not come to the dentist. Please self-isolate and follow the medical guidelines.
Harwell Dental Practice will be re-opening soon.
Dentists had been anticipating resuming clinical services in July but on 28th May it was announced on television that re-opening could commence in 6 working days time on 8th June. The Chief Dental Officer informed dentists after the media had publicised the date.
Harwell Dental Practice will not resume “business as normal” on 8th June. There will be a phased re-opening as PPE becomes available. Dentists were told that PPE supplies should go to front line services and we are now having to queue for deliveries as there are still shortages of key items.
Until we can re-open safely, we will continue as before: All routine dental appointments will be postponed and we will offer a Remote Urgent Care System by telephone triage (avoiding face-to-face contact) to offer advice, recommend analgesics (pain killers) and prescribe antibiotics for infections. For such telephone advice during weekday office hours please call 07587 008740, or 01367 243947 at weekends or bank holidays.
Emergency treatment is provided by the Local Urgent Dental Care System, run by NHS clinics via the NHS 111 system. The NHS has had priority for PPE supplies. We will resume providing emergency treatment as soon as it is safe to do so.
When we do re-open, dentistry will be very different as a result of coronavirus. Health & safety and PPE will be paramount and may limit clinical options and raise costs. Risk control measures like social distancing will be essential; like shops, we will limit the number of people in the building and minimise facilities to reduce contamination hazards. The front door is likely to be locked and patients only admitted individually at the time of their appointment.
THIS WEBSITE WILL BE UPDATED AS THE SITUATION DEVELOPS
29th May: see above for initial plans for re-opening. As the government has only given dentists six working days notice it will be a fast-changing situation.
28th May: an un-named official acting for the Chief Dental Officer published “Prompt to prepare” documents (actually dated 19th May) regarding re-opening of dental practices but without any proposed date. 6 hours later a leak to the BBC suggested 8th June; we await official confirmation.
11th May: The Prime Minister’s broadcast yesterday did not cover dentistry. We await a directive from the Chief Dental Officer for a safe operating protocol for the resumption of clinical services, so to date, nothing has changed. For example, a patient carrying coronavirus but without symptoms will have billions of virus particles in their mouth and saliva so using a moving instrument in this environment (particularly with compressed air or water spray) will spread the virus widely to the detriment of staff and other patients. We cannot operate until there are means of avoiding this risk.
In the meantime face-to-face appointments are postponed, but telephone advice continues to be available with emergency treatment via urgent care centres.
4th May: The Government’s 3 week extension to the lockdown announced on 17th April is due for review this week, hopefully before the Bank Holiday weekend. For the time being we remain closed for face-to-face consultations and all appointments are postponed until the directives are updated.
21st April: NHS England are devising a new route to access Urgent Dental Care Centres using the same online system as referrals to hospital waiting lists.
- Dr Michael Bellew GDC 58126
- Mrs Jessie Matson GDC 10758
- Mrs Julie Claridge GDC 113890
- Mrs Alison Bainbridge GDC 119555
Dental Care Plan
We offer independent dentistry only with no NHS contract. We have dental care plans from Practice Plan for adults and children.
Monday 8.30 – 1.00 2.00 – 4.00 Tuesday 8.00 – 1.00 2.00 – 5.00 Wednesday 8.30 – 12.30 Thursday 8.00 – 1.00 2.00 – 5.00 Friday 8.30 – 12.30
During the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis we will not be opening our usual hours
Details of out-of-hours care can be found via the practice answerphone
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- 01235 831889
We are located on Harwell Science Campus (formerly the Atomic Energy Research Establishment) with free parking by the shops opposite
Harwell Dental Practice
Oxfordshire OX11 0QQ