Dentists ready to welcome patients back

A Galashiels dental practice has been able to start welcoming back patients for routine check-ups as lockdown restrictions ease.

Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 12:36 pm
Dr Jacqui Frederick

Roxburgh Dental Practice in the town’s Ladhope Vale, part of Clyde Munro Dental Group, had been open for emergency treatments, however, has resumed routine patient examinations after four months, following the recent announcement from Scotland’s Chief Dental Officer.

Delighted staff have already started working through the backlog of patient appointments which were cancelled or postponed since lockdown began.

Dr Jacqui Frederick, group clinical director at Clyde Munro, said: “As a group, we’ve been able to share knowledge, advice and protocols to enable us to safely open all of our practices to some non-emergency treatment.”

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“Our respective teams across Scotland have been waiting for this moment for months and are delighted to have patients back through the door.

“Every practice has had extensive social distancing and hygiene procedures put in place throughout.”

However, Dr Frederick urged patients to avoid calling Roxburgh Dental Practice to request a check-up or routine appointment. While continuing to treat emergency cases, the next priority is to rearrange those routine appointments originally scheduled between March and July, which were cancelled.

She added: “We understand we have many patients throughout the country who are very keen to resume their care, but we’d ask them to please bear with us.”