Scotland: Concerns over PPE supplies for dental practices
19 August 2020
We are concerned that much of the “enhanced” PPE provided to practices in NHS Scotland has passed its expiry date (some equipment is from 2012) and that this may present significant risks to patients, dentists and their teams.
Since dental practices reopened in June, the Scottish Government and NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) have been supplying a limited amount of PPE to allow practices to treat NHS patients. Dentists have been able to provide AGPs to NHS patients requiring urgent care since last Monday (17 August). However, we're now seeing reports of “enhanced” PPE which has passed its expiry date which may present significant risks to patients, dentists and their teams.
This is of immediate concern, for both staff and patient safety. We've raised the matter with NSS and are seeking formal certification – or some other evidence – that the expired PPE has been appropriately revalidated.
NSS has also developed a draft Memorandum of Understanding to continue supplying PPE free of charge to dental practices to treat their NHS patients to the end of March 2021. We are currently reviewing this draft and we make sure to raise your concerns about PPE supply and quality in our discussions with NSS and the Scottish Government.