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Ilsa Baxter


We’re delighted to welcome Isla our new Hygienist. Having started her career as a dental nurse working for the British Army in Germany, Isla qualified as Dental Hygienist in 2004 and has spent several years in private practice. She’s worked with specialist clinicians in periodontal disease, assisted with implants and is adept at helping patients with advancing gum disease. She’s now bringing her skills and experience to Long Buckby Dental.

We've been working hard to get the practice ready whilst still seeing patients for their check ups and triaging emergency patients.

From Monday 19th October we will safely be able to do those treatments that involve an aerosol generating procedure (AGP). Finally offering our full range of treatments again to our lovely patients. If you are waiting for treatment we will be in touch soon to make your appointments. There are a few of you so this may take some time.

We're going to look a little different too!

Let the drilling commence...

If you are waiting for a routine examination and we have not yet contacted you please call the surgery and we will be happy to reschedule your appointment.

As part of government guidelines to protect your health we have to:
- Limit the number of patients in the practice at one time. To help manage this and prevent delays to your appointment please be sure to arrive as close to your appointment time as possible and follow all instructions provided by our staff. Please do not attend the practice if you do not have an appointment.

- Limit the number of appointments. We’re keen to continue to see as many patients as possible. However please be aware that due to the restrictions required to protect your health such as fallow periods and extra disinfection after an appointment we cannot provide as many appointments in one day as we are used to. As a result we have no choice but to see fewer patients in a day so you might have to wait a little longer for your appointment.

- Emergency appointments may be a little different. Please be aware that because of the limits on our treatment range when wearing our normal PPE we cannot provide the same level of emergency care as we would normally. In some circumstances we may only be able to see you for an assessment first and then carry out treatment at a later date if it involves an AGP which requires an increased level of PPE.

Please be sure that you continue to observe the same precautions as you have in the last few months. If you are experiencing possible symptoms of Coronavirus, such as a new or continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, do not attend your appointment and contact the practice to let our team know.

Sylvia and the team at LONG BUCKBY DENTAL.

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.