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A&S Dental Surgeons Statement on COVID-19
A note to our patients from the dental frontline…
Firstly, I’d like to express my sympathy to any of our patients and the residents of our practice and its area who may have been affected by Coronavirus. It is clear lots of us have been affected either through loss, illness or major disruption to our lives.
We have been unable to provide a full service due to HM Government guidelines as we have mentioned in our earlier statements. These have been updated and the service remains limited to telephone advice as of today.
We are becoming increasingly concerned about the slow progress of an urgent care service being set up for you. There is no firm start date for this. Please be assured this is as a result of a lack of PPE and not through a lack of willingness of dentists and staff to work in these centres to get you the urgent care we cannot regrettably provide ourselves.
We are able to take your calls and provide helpful advice however, please do call us if you have a question or concern even if this relates to general oral health advice. We are always happy to help.
So, what are we doing each day in this “lockdown” period?
For myself, and Nick as practice owners we have been busy reorganising our service to fit the restrictions on movement, social distancing and remote dental care and advice; this is an ongoing task as each day, sometimes each hour, new information is presented to us via the British Dental Association and the NHS which needs appraising and fitting into our practices operation. It has times been both useful, and conflicting in equal measure, however we have adopted a safety first principle toward you, our patients, and to our staff.
Meg, the practice manager has been working (often over the weekends) to implement some of these changes as well as managing the back office functions that are required to keep the practice in business. Work that has not gone away despite the lack of face to face contact we have had with you.
The dentists, Arash, Tom, Laura, Katie and Harry have organised the clinical side of the new operating procedures. They continue to work on this and refine our service to be the best it can be. After your call has been triaged by one of our skilled nurses, if they need to refer the call to a dentist we have one of us present in the building working at a social distance. The dentist may call you back and ask you to send in a photograph of your mouth or tooth. f you are asked this, we have setup a dedicated email address linked to an iPad to receive and view your photos. Please try and get your photos in focus - if you have a household member (and you are not self isolating) please ask if they can take the photo as the better the photo the easier it is for us to interpret. The dentist may advise that you need a prescription where appropriate. This is written up by the dentist in clean gloves, sealed in a plastic bag and handed to you or your representative (after agreeing a codeword) through our letterbox in the shutter at the front door. This reduces risk for you and those caring for you. We have setup an arrangement with Sahara Pharmacy, located opposite the practice on Duckworth Lane, to dispense any medication for you. We also have a system in place, if needed, for us to telephone the prescription through to Sahara Pharmacy and they can add it to their delivery round. We then send over the actual prescription to Sahara without your involvement. This arrangement is only with Sahara, whose assistance has been exemplary.
I’m very grateful and humbled by the talent and skills of our dentists - you are in safe hands.
Additionally, they are also engaged in continuing professional development courses and lifelong learning to improve your care.
Nafesa has now left on maternity leave and we wish her all the best with the baby due next month. Naiymah will be covering her maternity and we will let you know when she is able to start seeing patients.
Mandy, our hygienist and all our dental nurses are also working away on similar courses and ideas to improve our service and care for when we are able to fully reopen. Of course they are also in the practice daily (limited in number to comply with social distancing guidelines) and are answering your calls and advising you on first line care. They have been engaged in the not inconsiderable task of cancelling appointments - we are sorry if this has affected you - we have a list and when we can, we will be back in touch. They are also carrying out essential daily/weekly tests on our high tech equipment and carrying out routine servicing of all our expensive dental equipment to minimise the risk of breakdown when we are able to reopen fully. This maintains our safe environment for you.
Nationally, over 13000 dentists and staff have volunteered to redeploy into the wider NHS. This redeployment is being organised both regionally and nationally and some of our team may be involved. We hope you recognise the courage and bravery of our profession to stand by our colleagues in the wider NHS.
We are all looking forward to the day when we can welcome you back into the practice and care for you.
We miss you!
Despite the statement given at HM Governments press briefing this evening, NO PPE has been delivered to our dental practice nor to any other high street practice as far as we are aware. This is likely to be in media over the next day or so.
We have also received new general guidance on PPE use and are awaiting "place based settings" specific guidance.
We continue to offer a telephone triage and advice service as best we can and the advice below remains in force for the time being.
Please see the following link for advice from our professional body, the British Dental Association:
A&S Dental Surgeons
Following British Dental Association Guidance issued today, and HM Government Guidance on Social Distancing, A&S have taken the difficult decision to LIMIT OUR SERVICE to telephone advice for the foreseeable future.
The British Dental Association has advised dentists NOT to carry out any procedures that produce what is called an “aerosol”, because this puts our staff and our patients at risk of contracting Coronavirus.
All of the treatments you are used to receiving, such as cleanings, fillings, crowns etc produce this aerosol from our equipment. In normal circumstances this is not an issue, but with this new virus we are advised we can only carry out these treatments if we wear a special mask called an FF3 mask.
FF3 masks are (quite rightly) being prioritised by the NHS for doctors and nurses working in intensive care.
HM Government has advised that the public should practice social distancing in order to limit the spread of the virus, and ultimately to save lives (especially those in vulnerable groups).
Consequently, ALL ROUTINE DENTAL APPOINTMENTS INCLUDING CHECK UPS, FILLINGS , CROWNS ETC WILL BE CANCELLED BY OUR TEAM and you will be contacted.
What you can do to help us and help everyone at this time:
> Think SOCIAL DISTANCING and DO NOT COME TO THE PRACTICE to make or change your appointments. Our door is LOCKED. Please telephone on 01274 541643 during normal hours for help with your appointment.
> DO NOT COME TO THE PRACTICE if you have a dental problem. If you are one of our regular patients, telephone us on 01274 541643 to discuss your problem. We have a skilled team able to understand your issue and raise this with our clinicians. Please bear in mind we are SEVERELY LIMITED in what we can do, but we will always try to help you.
> If you haven’t been to our practice before and require advice, or it is outside of our normal hours, please go online to NHS 111.
Please keep an eye on our social media pages and website for updates.
A&S Dental Surgeons
Ali Azfar and Nick Shore welcome you to our website.
Our aim is to provide high quality dental care for both our NHS and private patients. We have been in practice here for over 25 years as a partnership, and latterly as a Limited Company.
We have built our reputation on the quality of our care, and our BDA Good Practice Award and our Health Promoting Dental Practices Award are testament to this commitment; however, nothing speaks more than the positive feedback from our loyal patients which we regularly receive.
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A&S Dental Surgeons Ltd
65 Duckworth Lane
Bradford BD9 5EU
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It's so lovely to see a returning nurse Kelly. She started her dental nursing with us in 1994. She then left us for 9 years. However its so lovely to have her back!
We would also like to welcome our new trainee nurses Molly & Anaiyah
A big well done to Areej, who has recently passed her exams and is now a fully qualified dental nurse.
And an equally huge well done to Adeel, who has also recently passed all of his exams with flying colours, and is now a fully qualified dental nurse.
Congratualtions to both Madhia and Charlotte, who have both qualified in BDA dental radiography for dental care professionals. Well done!
In an effort to help reduce plastic waste we are now stocking interdental brushes with the bamboo handles.
Need an NHS Dentist?
For a limited period only we are now accepting new under 18 patients. For more information please visit the practice or call us on 01274 541643.
BDA Good Practice Accreditation
We are proud to announce that A&S has been re-accredited with our BDA Good Practice Gold Award for 2019.
This is our 15th year of accreditation, for more details click here.
NHS Leeds, Bradford & Airedale Health Promoting Dental Practices Award
A&S have been awarded the highest level (Step 3+) of this local award, which we have held since its inception. Briefly, this award recognises our commitment to preventative dental care; team training and advice on wider health issues such as smoking cessation advice.
As many may be aware, our dentists Paresh Parmar and Paresh Nakashree have set up in partnership together. We have two female dentists joining our team from May 2019 - Welcome to Nafesa Ahmed and Laura Ebbage.
We were pleased to help Public Health England with a recent study of adult oral health. Which is vital for the planning of health improvement programmes and dental surveys. Thank you to all of the patients who took part in this survey.
Due to our whitening offer price of £199 being so popular, we have decided to keep this as our permanent price, so now you can have a lovely sparkling smile for only £199! please contact the practice for further information on 01274 541643