Coronavirus update in Farnham: Given the unprecedented situation in the UK regarding the COVID-19 virus and the changing Public Health guidelines, we felt it was important to reassure you that we are continuing to keep Time Dental clean and safe for both you and our team.
You will appreciate that as a dental practice we work in an environment where the prevention of the spread of a whole range of infections is woven into everything that we do. Nevertheless, we are paying particular attention to the latest government guidance on the transmission of coronavirus.
Please do not attend the practice if you or a member of your household have any of the following symptoms:
• A high temperature (greater than 37.8)
and / or
• A new, continuous cough
If you have travelled from a high-risk area and even if you do not have any symptoms, you should stay at home for 14 days.
Public Health England has advised high-risk countries, as: China; South Korea; Thailand; Japan; Hong Kong; Taiwan; Singapore; Malaysia; Macau; Iran; northern Italy; Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar.
We will carefully follow the advice from Public Health England and continue to provide our dental care as we also maintain our high standards of infection control and sterilisation.
Time Dental: COVID-19 policy
As well as our usual robust hygiene and infection control procedures, additional measures are in place, such as:
• External signs asking patients who have any symptoms or who have been in contact with people with symptoms to not enter the building
• Asking all patients in advance whether they have had any symptoms or have been in contact with people with symptoms, before they come to their appointments
• Asking patients to wash their hands on entering the building using handwashing guidelines.
• Using sterile wipes to clean external and internal door handles between patients
• Removing magazines and drinks from the patients lounge
• Ensuring robust hygiene and infection control procedures in surgeries
Our current procedures will:
• Keep our patients and our team safe and reduce the impact
• Allow the team to continue providing our services
• Help reduce the transmission of coronavirus by providing accurate advice and information to our patients and team members
Symptoms of Coronavirus
• a high temperature
• a new continuous cough (this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours,if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness, but it is best to self-isolate at home.
What you should do:
• if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
• if you live with other people with symptoms, stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person has symptoms.
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Avoid the spread of Coronavirus:
This requires the help of everybody.
Here are a few things you can do to help reduce the spread:
• wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• always wash your hands when you get home or into work; use hand sanitiser if soap and water unavailable
• when you cough or sneeze-cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your elbow
• dispose of used tissues and wash your hands afterwards
• work from home if you can
• avoid events with large groups of people
• only travel on public transport if you need to
• avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
• do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
• do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family