There are no coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in the UK.
If you have COVID-19 you should try to stay at home.
Most people cannot get free COVID-19 tests. You can buy tests in shops but you cannot report the result to the NHS. Check if you're eligible to order rapid lateral flow tests
Changes from 30 June 2023
You cannot currently book a COVID-19 vaccination online or over the phone.
For most people, vaccinations are only available seasonally. This service will open when seasonal vaccinations are available.
After 30 June, the offer will be more targeted to people at increased risk from COVID-19 and most will have to wait until a future campaign.
Those eligible for a spring vaccine or still missing an earlier dose can book an appointment through the NHS app, online at www.nhs.uk/COVIDvaccine or by calling 119 for free.
You do not need to take a test or quarantine when you arrive in the UK. You should check travel advice for any country you are travelling to.
NHS Covid-19 Advice
For NHS advice about COVID-19, including its symptoms, looking after yourself at home, how to avoid catching and spreading it, treatments, vaccinations and long-term effects: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/covid-19/
GDC Covid-19 vaccination guidance
Information for Dental Professionals can be found on the GDC website.
IT'S NORMAL TO FEEL SAD, STRESSED, CONFUSED, SCARED OR ANGRY
TALKING TO PEOPLE YOU TRUST CAN HELP
Maintain a healthy lifestyle as best you can with a proper diet, adequate sleet and exercise, and social interaction with loved ones at home or online.
Seek professional help for physical and mental heath needs.
Lessen the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage of news that you find upsetting.
If you need mental health support:
KEY WORKER STATUS
The DTA have previously received confirmation from the CDO England, GDC and BDA that dental technicians and CDTs are members of the dental team and considered as key workers in England.
SAFE WORKING - PPE
Public Health England have released a visual guide to safe PPE for safe working during COVID-19.
- Be sure to wash your hands before and after patient contact and after removing some or all of your PPE.
- Clean all the equipment that you are using according to local policies
- Use the appropriate PPE for the situation you are working in (General / AGPs or High risk areas)
- Take off your PPE safely
- Take breaks and hydrate yourself regularly
Read the DTA guide on PPE.
CORONAVIRUS - KEEP UP TO DATE WITH WORKING AND LIVING SAFELY
Public Health England have produced a helpful guidance poster which can be downloaded here
NHS National infection prevention and control documents offer guidance on infection control for NHS healthcare staff of all disciplines in all care settings.
The DTA are working collectively with the Office of the Chief Dental Officer England, Faculty of Dental Surgeons Royal College of Surgeons England, Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK), General Dental Association, British Dental Association and other groups to support the desire to see the reopening of dental practices for face-to-face care in England. The group are actively seeking to achieve this at the earliest safe opportunity. The benefits to patients and the wider community of receiving oral health care from a trusted well regulated and responsible profession are recognised and are intrinsic to the discussions about the graduated expansion of service delivery.
The DTA has also input into the workforce planning discussions for all four nations and in addition had the opportunity to review and input on the a high-level paper describing the phases for Scotland. We are in continued liaisons with other groups and we are raising the concerns of our membership at any opportunity.
PRESS RELEASE: URGING ALL DENTAL PROFESSIONALS TO SUPPORT UK DENTAL TECHNOLOGISTS
The DTA has issued a press release urging all dental professionals and communities to support their local, UK Dental Technologists. The statement has been distributed to the Chief Dental officers of the four nations, the General Dental Council (GDC), British Dental Association (BDA), dental groups, associations and other stakeholders, voicing growing concerns amongst our membership and the key issues facing dental technology.
Due to a lack of government support we fear that the UK will lose many highly skilled dental technologists, the supply chain to the dental clinic will be greatly affected and, inevitably, patients will suffer from long delays in receiving their custom-made dental appliance. We hope to gain support for our profession before it's too late.
SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES
The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as possible, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS. The message is to stay alert, control the virus, and, in doing so, save lives.