TOOTH ACHE

Daily RecordJune 22, 2020

TOOTH ACHE
Dentists warn patients they’ll be forced to stay closed over Government’s unworkable practice rules for reopening
JACKIE GRANT

DENTISTS have warned many practices will be keeping their doors shut today despite getting the green light to reopen.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Thursday that dentists can treat patients only for procedures that don’t create aerosol particles, which happens when drills are used.

But dental practice owners say patients will be left suffering for longer because of the hurdles the Scottish Government has put in the way for them getting back to business.

Dr Gillian Leslie, spokeswoman for the Scottish Dental Practice Owners group, said: “NHS patients in some health board areas that are seen by their dentist from today and who need treatment involving a drill, will need to travel – with their dentist and a dental nurse – to a hub and be treated there.

“That means dentists on islands, for example, will need to get on a ferry and travel to a hub on the mainland to treat their patient, then return the same day. Some could end up making 100-mile round trips. It is utter madness.”

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June 22, 2020