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Coronavirus updates

Extra measures have been removed!

June 2022

Dear Patients

We are pleased to report that the extra COVID-19 precautions that were put in place by the Department of Health have now been removed.

This means that we no longer need to insist on you wearing a mask on entering the practice and completing our COVID risk assessment questionnaire.  Reception is open as are the sofas.  We will not be insisting on social distancing.

We understand that many of you will be uncomfortable with a return to our pre-COVID-19 protocols.  If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to let us know before your visit.  You are still very welcome to wear a mask in the building and we can still welcome you straight through to your allocated treatment room from your car when we are ready for you.

We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment and sharing smiles once again.

With best wishes from the Waterside Dentalcare Team.

Wednesday 27 April 2022

Dear patients,

Thank you all for your patience and support in providing a suitable environment to see and treat you all since the start of the pandemic.

I am pleased to report that we have re-opened our reception area to patients who are due to have treatment.  To maintain some distancing we are asking that only those patients who have an appointment enter reception, unless a chaperone is required.

It is still essential that you fill in your survey monkey questionnaire

Please do not attend very early, though we understand that you may well need to use the toilets if you have traveled quite a distance.

We understand that many of our patients are not comfortable being in busier environments.  If you would still prefer to stay in your car until the time of you appointment please give the practice a call when you arrive.  We will then welcome you in and transfer you straight through to the appropriate treatment room.

Please note that the wearing of face masks is still required in healthcare environments, which includes dental practices.  If you forget to bring a mask, we will have one available for you in reception.  Please put one on as soon as you enter.

Thank you once again for your patience and understanding.  Please note that abusive behavior or language directed at staff will not be tolerated.

With very best wishes,

Paul McGannity.

Friday 8 January 2021

Dear patients,

Happy New Year! Whilst the festivities have been rather different, I hope you all managed to find some time and space to rest, reflect and recuperate and are looking forward to 2021, if only to see the back of 2020!

At Waterside Dentalcare we are certainly looking forward to 2021.  We have been offered a vaccine, which some of us have already had, but are clear that this will in no way decrease our vigilance in providing a safe environment in which to treat patients.  With the COVID-19 new variant in circulation and a stark increase in infections in Cornwall, we are glad that we chose not to lighten our touch on the strict infection control procedures that we have now been working with at Waterside for the past 6 months.

In accordance with the advice from the Chief Dental Officer, we continue to be open to see and treat you.  When you attend a dental hygiene or dental treatment visit, you will see that we have invested in extra-oral suction devices, which draw spray and splatter into the enclosed filters and across a UVC lamp.  This, along with our high-volume room ventilation, virus killer air filters and usual meticulous clean-down procedures means that the air quality in the practice is better than ever.  The devices also draw potentially infectious material away from clinical team members, which in turn reduces the risk that I am asking the nurses, dental hygienists and dentists to work under.

We are keeping reception closed so you will not come into close contact with another patient during your visit, and please be assured that all our team members are checking their temperatures daily, carrying out the same risk assessments as we ask of you and being very careful with hands, face and space.  They are adhering to the tiered rules and showing real responsibility and care toward the community as a whole. I am so proud of them.  We respectfully ask you to be especially careful in the week preceding your appointment with us and ensure that you complete the survey monkey questionnaire on the day of your appointment; this will improve the flow of patients through the practice and make everyone’s experience more efficient.  Please call us to let us know when you have arrived without congregating on the steps at the front door.

After your treatment it is best to go straight home, change and wash your clothes and take a shower, especially as the new variant of COVID is more infectious and is transmitted more easily than what we have been used to previously.

We look forward to welcoming you into the practice for your next appointment, but please don’t hesitate to let us know if you need to see us sooner.

Very best wishes to you and your families for 2021, and please stay safe.

Paul McGannity.


Saturday 31 October 2020

Dear patients,

We hope that those of you who have visited the practice since the beginning of July have found that we are taking the safety of both you and ourselves very seriously.  Following the Prime Minister’s press conference today we would like to assure all of our patients and the community that we are remaining open and will be continuing to deliver effective and comprehensive care, as we have been doing again since July this year.  This includes treatment delivered by our fantastically dedicated dental hygienists Sarah and Karen.

It is all possible because we have invested heavily in improving the air quality in every room of the practice and are maintaining strict protocols to avoid patient-to-patient contact.

Please see below just some of the measures that we have put in place.

Patient escort system

We have been operating a patient escort system which ensures that you will not be in the same room as any other patient at the same time and this will continue for the foreseeable future, especially during the periods of lockdown and whilst COVID-19 is still considered to be at large within the community.  This requires extra staff and your co-operation and we are grateful to all of you who respect this, for the safety of yourselves and especially those who are at greater risk of developing a more severe COVID-19 illness.

Patient risk assessment

On the day of every appointment you have, please ensure you follow the link in your appointment reminder email ( . This is to ensure that patients do not arrive for an appointment with COVID-19 symptoms.

Improved ventilation and air quality

Keeping up with the changes in guidance for carrying out dental treatments using our normal hand-pieces (which are powered by air and spray water creating an aerosol) has been a full time occupation.  We invested early in ventilation to move from zero air changes per hour in the treatment rooms to nineteen.  This means that the air quality in the treatment rooms improves at a quicker rate than the accepted level of ventilation for a dental setting following treatments such as fillings, gum health treatments, dental implant placement and non-invasive methods of tooth removal using surgical ultrasonic instruments.

In addition, our virus-killer air filters remove bacteria using HEPA filters and kill viruses using the integrated UVC lamps.

Virus killer
Virus killer air filters installed in every treatment room and reception area at Waterside Dentalcare
Friday 29 May 2020

Dear patients,

You may well have heard last night that dental practices are going to be open again from the 8th June. What you may not have heard about is all of the processes that need to be in place regarding how it is all going to work. We have been putting plans in place for several weeks now and setting up the practice for a safe re-opening.

In accordance with national guidance, the emphasis is going to be on emergency work only at the beginning and we will contact patients on our triage list; we kindly ask that you do not contact us for routine appointments just yet.

All appointments initially will require a remote consultation prior to a visit and we will then take you through the process of what is likely to happen at a face-to-face consultation.

Please be patient with us; we have invested considerably in equipment so that we can provide a safe and effective service to our patients as soon as possible, and we will be in touch in due course with further details.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

With kindest regards,

The Team at Waterside Dentalcare.

Monday 11 May 2020

Following the update yesterday and talk of slight easing of the lockdown, general dental practice is unfortunately still unable to resume and we cannot practice face to face clinical dentistry.

We are awaiting more guidance from our governing bodies and will update you again as soon as we can. Please rest assured we are putting plans in place ready for when we can reopen!

We are still here for advice so please give us a call if you have any concerns.

Take care and stay safe!

Sunday 22 March 2020

Dear Patients,

It is with a very heavy heart that I write to inform you that we now have no alternative but to reduce the clinical face-to-face service we offer.

It has become apparent over the past few days that healthcare teams, and especially those who are exposed to patient’s saliva, breath and mucous are particularly at greater risk of catching a large dose of coronavirus from a patient, who may not even have any symptoms, and then suffer with a very severe COVID-19 infection.

Please be assured that we are still here for you.  You will still be able to contact us on the telephone and you will be able to talk to us.  We will then be able to assess and address your concerns in the most appropriate way.

To be clear, we will not be able to see any patients for regular examinations or planned treatment.

If you are looking to register with us, we will still take your details and give you information on the services that we offer as well as important preventative advice.

We will contact you to cancel your appointment and ensure that you do not get lost in the system.  We have put plans in place to ensure that we know what care each patient needs.  Your next appointment will be made once we have comprehensive guidance on when and how it is safe to do so.

Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.  We will respond to each query but please bear in mind that we are experiencing a high volume of calls and emails at this time.

If need more Duraphat toothpaste,  please contact us as we will repeat the prescription and send some to you.  Similarly, if you need any oral hygiene products, get in touch and we’ll send it to you.

If you have not visited this page on our website before, please continue to read below for further information.

Please stay safe and well, take social distancing very seriously and if you are in the risk groups, be even more careful.

With very best wishes to you all,

Paul McGannity.

Further information:

To protect our patients and staff, and especially our more elderly and infirm patients, we ask that you do not attend if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms including a new cough, fever (a temperature of over 37.8 degrees), headache or malaise. We also understand that many of you will have concerns over venturing out and putting yourself at risk. With this in mind, we would like to reassure you of precautions that we are taking to keep your risk of catching corona virus as low as possible:

  • Please do not attend if you suspect you have COVID-19 or any cold or flu-like symptoms. If you have a dental emergency, please contact us via telephone or email for urgent advice and to arrange appropriate care.
  • On arrival at Waterside you can stay in your car and we will come out for you once we are ready to take you direct to your treatment room. We will ask you to either wash your hands or use an alcohol hand rub as you enter the practice. We have removed reading literature from the reception area.
  • Thanks to our carefully designed set up and working practices, we are able to keep rooms free from clutter, and clean down between each patient (as we always do). This makes it easier for us to keep a very high standard of cross-infection control.
  • If you use the bathroom, please let us know so that it can be cleaned between each use.
  • Please consider using contactless methods of payment; we can bring the card machine to you in the treatment room and will disinfect it between each use if you do need to enter your PIN.
  • Our standard use of dental dam wherever possible reduces the chances of spraying potentially virus-containing saliva into the air, but now our guidance is to avoid using aerosol-generating procedures unless it is absolutely necessary in emergency-only situations, and only for patients who are not suspected to have corona virus. This is because the dose of virus that can be transmitted in this setting can be high, which puts the team at a greater risk of contracting corona virus, and having a more severe illness.

With all of the above in mind, we understand that you may well choose to postpone your more regular appointments and this is the only sensible thing to do if you are in an at risk group (please see below a list of people considered to be at higher risk). We would be grateful for as much notice as you can give us. We usually have a cancellation policy where we ask for 48 hours’ notice, but this will not apply during this period and you will not be charged if you have to cancel at short notice due to corona virus concerns. It is likely that we will soon be asked not to provide routine dental treatment which is not considered urgent, to reduce the number of people venturing out. Please rest assured that we will still be taking calls and responding to your queries, offering a remote advice service and we will be aiming to see patients without any signs of COVID-19 illness who require an urgent examination for a dental emergency.

We can still carry out remote consultations for patients looking to embark on more comprehensive treatment, or provide support for patients with more complex maintenance needs. For example, patients with a high susceptibility to periodontal disease, or those with multiple dental implants.

If you need urgent emergency treatment and have been told to self-isolate, please still get in touch and we will help make the necessary arrangements.

Once we are advised that we can return to our normal working practices, we are planning to put on extra clinical sessions to clear treatment backlogs as soon as possible.

At risk patients are those who have one or more of the following:
  • Aged 70 or over
  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) , emphysema or bronchitis
  • Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV or AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • Being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
  • Those who are pregnant
You may be at particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with corona virus if you:
  • Have had an organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressant medicine
  • Are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • Have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
  • Have a severe chest condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
  • Have another serious health condition

Please note that if you are 70 or over and/or are in the high risk group, you should be seriously considering isolating yourself to reduce the risk of contracting corona virus when the infection rate is high, as the resources to treat every person with a serious COVID-19 infection will be incredibly stretched.

Please be very careful where you obtain the information which will aid the decision making processes for you and your family. Do not rely on social media for this. Useful and trusted websites include:

https://www/ for health information and advice. to learn about the government’s response to coronavirus. for news reporting using a high level of professional journalism.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We wish you and your family the best of health and well-being over the next few weeks and months.

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