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​Snow disruption and dental practice closures

30 January 2019

With the recent bad weather, and snow forecast for many parts of England, if you are in a position where it is not practical to open your practice due to the weather conditions, we advise dentists to be aware of the following:

  1. If possible, it will be better to have a local staff member at the practice to deal with patients who may need urgent or emergency care. They will be able to signpost patients.
  2. NHS practices must notify their Primary Care Organisation. Potentially you will be issued with a breach notice if you close the practice without notification.
  3. Signpost patients to an alternate provider and/or NHS 111. You can do this by updating both your website and phone line.
  4. If possible, place a notice in the door to signpost patients on how they can access care whilst the practice is closed.

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