Stornoway dental practice prepares to relaunch more services

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A dental practice in Stornoway is preparing to relaunch additional services as part of further lockdown easing. 

Castleview Dental Practice opened its doors to patients again in July, but initially, only emergency appointments were available. Practices have been unable to offer some types of procedures, known as AGPs (aerosol-generating procedures) because they produce and spread droplets, which carries an elevated risk of viral transmission. Practice owner, Mr Kalvakuntla, said that the team is now preparing to restore more services, and staff are working tirelessly to welcome more patients back from the 17th August.

Mr Kalvakuntla explained that he had taken advice related to the provision of AGPs from health officials on board, and he is now looking forward to being able to provide a more extensive range of services from the 17th August. Dentists will be using additional PPE, robust infection control and sanitisation measures are in place, and patient numbers are limited to facilitate social distancing. 

Although relaunching AGPs is a step forward for patients and dental teams, Mr Kalvakuntla admitted that it wasn’t a “return to normal.” There is still a very real threat of contracting Coronavirus, and this is why the practice is employing such stringent measures in line with public health guidelines. 

For the moment, the Castleview team is focusing on urgent cases and patients who require immediate treatment. It is not yet known when patients will be able to book appointments for routine services, including check-ups and cleaning treatments.

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