We were back to our normal rota at work this week after an initial period of opening just 1 surgery per day. It was a good week and we’re in the really fortunate position of having a much bigger place now to accommodate us all and allow us to follow the social distancing guidelines even at lunch time. Few patients will have seen our old staff room but it was just about big enough for 2 people and maybe 1 pot noodle!
In contrast, when a lot of dentists re-opened on the 23rd June we were in the unfortunate position of not being able to open as our new premises inspections were delayed and our lease had ran out on our old premises. I spent a lot of time during this period rueing our bad luck at the date of our relocation, which took 3 years of planning and preparation.
It dawned on me this week though just how good the timing turned out to be. At the moment it’s not possible to carry out the aerosol type procedures (using drills, scalers) in surgeries with no windows or mechanical ventilation. Our patients will remember our previous surgeries were tiny with no windows. At the time it never really bothered me as if it was a really nice day outside we were usually none the wiser.
You can imagine now though we’d be limited in terms of what we could do if we were still there and now I’m thinking we couldn’t have picked a better time to move. Our new surgeries are huge and they all have big windows with plenty of fresh airflow. We’ve even got an extra surgery now so it allows us to move around while rooms are being thoroughly disinfected after aerosol procedures. Hopefully as time goes on we won’t need all the extra precautions but we’re lucky to have the facilities now to allow us to move around like this which will help reduce waiting times for our patients.
One of whom travelled all the way up from London to see us for his Invisalign treatment this week. Barry is from Bishopbriggs but works in London now and he recently managed to complete an English channel swim for charity. I can’t swim the length of myself so I was really impressed to hear he swam from England to France in 12 hours – one way to avoid the travel restrictions I suppose!
He’s raised nearly £5k for a spinal injury charity so we were delighted to help out with that and donate our monthly community fund of £100 to the charity – link here for anyone else who is able and willing to add to it:
Well done again Barry and have a good week everyone,
Joseph Watson BDS MFDS RCPS MSc (Implantology)