FGDP reveals UK Guidelines for a safe return to dental practice during Covid-19News
Posted by: The Probe 1st June 2020
At midday on Monday 1 June 2020, Ian Mills, Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice [UK] (FGDP), broadcast a brief statement via the organisation’s Facebook page to announce that FGDP and CGDent have published the UK Guidelines for a safe return to dental practice during Covid-19.
The 68-page document is available via the FGDP website – https://www.fgdp.org.uk/implications-covid-19-safe-management-general-dental-practice-practical-guide – and supports dental professionals to take a risk and evidence-based approach to providing safe general dental care in the current circumstances. It was developed jointly with the College of General Dentistry, and with the involvement of a wide range of other national dental organisations.
The document can be accessed here.
“Our guidelines are developed primarily by general dental practitioners, and are aimed at colleagues working in general dental practice,” explained Mills, along with CGDent Trustee Mick Horton and Covid-19 Task Group Chairman Onkar Dhanoya. “This has been particularly important at this critical time, but we could not have delivered this guidance without the support and expertise of many colleagues who work across all fields of healthcare. We have faced a huge challenge over the last few months, both as a profession and as a nation as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many colleagues have been touched by tragedy, and the dental profession has had to face significant hardship as dental practices across the country battle to support their patients, their colleagues and their businesses. The level of uncertainty during the pandemic has led to fear, anxiety and at times anger, as we struggled to cope with the unknown. It was clear that the profession needed specific guidance to support a safe return to practice in the knowledge that they would be able to continue to provide high quality care for their patients.”
Posted by FGDP (UK) on Monday, 1 June 2020