Following the surprise Government announcement on the 28th May, the team at County Road Dental are working hard to set up the practice so as we can safely resume face to face care of our patients. Unfortunately, this is not a return to “business as usual”.
There are two reasons for this;
The need for social distancing and cross infection control will massively reduce the number of patients we can see face to face.
There are chronic shortages of our basic PPE and we cannot provide you with safe care without it. We also need to source higher specification PPE for most dental procedures (eg scale and polish, fillings, crown and bridge work) as they create an aerosol which is believed to provide ideal conditions for spreading the COVID-19 virus.
We will start to assist those patients with the most urgent needs and then we will phase the return to more routine procedures and check-ups. You do not need to call us to book routine check-ups as we have a record and our staff will be in touch when we can safely see you. Also, please don’t attend the practice without an appointment. I will continue to post updates to this site.
We thank you for your understanding if there is therefore a delay to the resumption of normal service. Please rest assured, our absolute priority is to provide a safe treatment environment for our patients and staff as soon as possible.
We visited Arnot St Mary Primary School to take part in their aspirations week. The Practice owner Paul and Dental Nurse Samantha visited the reception and nursery classes today to chat to the children about what a dentist and a dental nurse does in their profession.
The purpose of the visit was to help the children begin to have an idea of what profession/job they would aspire to do when they are older and how they could achieve it.
The children were shown a skull and some instruments that the dentist uses, these were passed around for a closer inspection, the children enjoyed trying on the gloves and face masks as well. They were given a tooth brushing demonstration and all had a go with a mouth model. There was also a question and answer session at the end for the children to freely ask questions on any topics that were not covered. This was quite lively! They then all received a sticker from the dentist.
We enjoyed visiting the school and encouraging the children to take up dentistry in the future.
After practicing dentistry for 35 years, Mr O’Gorman (AKA BOG) has decided to announce his retirement. He thanks all of his patients for putting their trust in him for all of these years. In return, we thank him for his years of providing dentistry with warmth, good humour and integrity and for being an all round legend!
Mr O’Gorman’s last day is on Friday 31 May. If you are one of his patients and you would like to bring your six monthly recall forward so that you can see him before he retires, please contact reception. Otherwise, from 1st June, your care will pass over to Mr. Paul Geoghegan (pronounced Geygan!). Paul has worked at the practice for over 17 years and was mentored by BOG after he graduated from Newcastle University Dental School. Many of you will already have met Paul over the years as he has regularly provided emergency cover for BOG.
If you are a member of our dental care plan, you don’t need to take any action. Practice Plan Limited is aware of the changes and will ensure your dental care benefits continue without interruption. Finally, good luck BOG & Jo, enjoy a well earned retirement, full of cycling adventures!