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Dear patients,

We are very pleased to announce that we are being allowed to re open for patient care from the 8th June.

We will return to seeing patients on a gradual basis and will give priority to those patients who have been suffering with pain over the time of enforced closure and who have contacted us as dental emergencies. As you may appreciate we are going to be very busy so please bear with us and do not contact the surgery to make an appointment at this time. We will be in touch soon to make your appointments as we work methodically through our waiting lists.

The number of patients we will be able to see each day will be reduced due to:
• more stringent requirements for cleaning down surgeries between patients.
• different personal protective equipment (PPE) for many procedures considered routine in the past.
• a need to enforce social distancing between patients.

We have been told the date from which we can re-open but we currently have not been informed of the protocols we will be required to follow. This date has also been sprung on us without warning and with very little time to prepare! This is clearly not ideal. We cannot re-open until we have all the required PPE for safe practice. As you are aware there was and still is a shortage of PPE, so when we closed the practice we donated our stocks of PPE to the local hospitals and fire service. Since then we have been reluctant to restock the PPE as we felt we were taking it away from the NHS front line!

Rest assured we are working hard to get things in place to provide safe dental treatment. The safety of our patients and staff is of paramount importance.

Please do not attend the practice without an appointment. Patients attending the practice will need to understand and comply with the changes being made to ensure safety.

If you feel you have a dental concern that is deemed urgent please contact the practice on 01327 842815 and we will triage your needs. Our team are available on this number weekdays between 9am and 5pm. Emergency calls out of these hours should be to 111.

Thank you for your understanding and patience,

Sylvia and the team at Long Buckby Dental

We're delighted to announce the safe arrival of Sylvia's second daughter, Polly, who made her appearance into the world on Wednesday 31st July 2019. Sylvia is now on maternity leave until the New Year and all her patients have been left in the hands of super-competent locum. Aarti Prasher. Please continue to book your appointments in the normal way.

Please join us in warmly welcoming our newest team member, Jemma O'Donnell who joined Long Buckby Dental in June 2019 as a Dental Therapist and Hygienist. Jemma will be at the practice one day a week. Your dentist will advise when you need to book an appointment with Jemma.

Dentist Sarah Canavan has joined the Long Buckby Dental team. Sarah has extensive dental experience dating back to 1995 and has a Master’s degree in Pain Management. She comes from a background in special care dentistry, with skills particularly suited to treating medically compromised patients, children and those with anxiety. Sarah can straighten crooked teeth using the Quick Straight Teeth system. Sarah has a Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry. Outside of work she enjoys going to the gym, travelling and walking her dog.

We thank Locum Dentist Omar Dhillon for helping fill the void whilst we waited for Sarah to join us. You have been fantastic. We have loved having you work at the practice and wish you all the best.