To All Our Valued Patients,
We are pleased to announce our office will begin to re-open to see urgent patients only May 27th 2020. Our early goals will be to deal with patient’s emergent needs, those who have experienced dental urgencies over the course of the past two months. We will focus on minimizing the amount of staff in our office until we gain a sense of the impact of dentistry and the potential for the transmission of the Coronavirus.
As we enter into June, it will become important to re-evaluate the dental landscape and our treatment protocols to see how our hygiene program may be re-introduced.
Although the announcement for phase of 2 of BC’s Restart Plan was announced on May 8th, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC), WorkSafeBC and BC Centre for Disease and Control (BCCDC) only released their separate guidelines for the reopening of dental offices Friday, May 15th prior to the long weekend.
We are required by WorkSafeBC to develop a formal Covid-19 Safety Plan and a Control Exposure Plan in cooperation with our team and practice the new procedures and scenarios. We are taking a few days to incorporate these changes for the benefit and safety of our team and our patients.
Upon review of those significant documents, we are confident that our team can meet or exceed all the requirements outlined and provide dental care in a safe environment.
One of the most important tools we will be using is a patient screening form to evaluate the risk of treating COVID-19 patients. It is critical for the safety of our staff and patients for these forms to be completed accurately and honestly. And we appreciate your support in this aspect.
Here is our initial plan moving forward:
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
As other guidelines are released for safely opening fully to the public, we will keep you updated. Our hope is to slowly and carefully introduce operations over the course of the next months. However, if provincial and community conditions change or legislation require that the office stay partially closed or even return to an emergency appointment only state, we will alter operations accordingly, and you will be informed of the updated procedures.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate these ever-changing times.
Dr. Erin Shave and your Dental Team