Dunfermline dental practice reopens following coronavirus cases

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A dental practice is Dunfermline has reopened after temporarily closing following two cases of coronavirus.

Linburn Dental Practice is running a limited service after closing for deep cleaning. The practice team has been working closely with the public health team at NHS Fife to minimise the risk to patients and members of staff. After two cases of corona virus were confirmed, the practice was closed immediately and staff have been liaising with public health experts to ensure that all measures are taken to protect patients. Both people are at home and are recovering well.

Dr Esther Curnock, deputy director of public health, praised the practice team for acting swiftly and stressed that the risk of anyone visiting the practice contracting the virus is very low. 

Dentist, Fiona MacFadzean thanked patients for their understanding and apologised for any inconvenience caused. Safety is the number one priority, and having closed the practice for deep cleaning, patients will now be welcomed back to the clinic with a limited service available. Fewer appointments will be open to patients in the coming weeks to reduce pressure on dentists while the team waits for the full staff quota to be restored. 

Staff have reassured patients, but anyone who is worried about going to an appointment is encouraged to contact the practice directly. Patients who have symptoms, including a fever, shortness of breath or a continuous cough, are encouraged to self-isolate.

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