At Oakley Road Dental Practice our patients and staff are our utmost priority. For now, as we are all aware the COVID-19 virus/pandemic is not going away and is simply something we may have to live with but it is important to keep reminding ourselves to keep each other safe.
What is COVID-19?
Covid-19 is a new strain of Coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. It is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Most people infected with the virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention.
The virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing, or breathe. These particles range from larger respiratory droplets to smaller aerosols.
How we can work together to reduce the spread and to protect each other:
Completing your pre-appointment COVID-19 questionnaire – screening before appointments helps reduce the risk of potentially infectious patients into the building
- Practice respiratory etiquette – for example by coughing into a flexed elbow.
- Use hand sanitizer – keeping hands clean can help slow the transmission.
- Wear a face-mask – unless you are exempt, you are less likely to spread/contract the virus.
- Keep distance – Maintain a safe distance between other patients/staff within the practice where possible.
- Stay home – Please do not attend the practice without a confirmed appointment or if you feel unwell with any cold or flu symptoms.
When not to attend the practice?
Please do not attend the practice if you are suffering from a Respiratory tract infection (RTIs).
- As per guidance on the NHS website symptoms of an RTI are as follows:
- A cough – you may bring up mucus (phlegm).
- A stuffy or runny nose.
- A sore throat.
- Muscle aches.
- Breathlessness, tight chest or wheezing.
- A high temperature.
- Feeling generally unwell.