Updated: Oct 12
"Stay home, save lives"
The motto of the
lock down period.
If you belonged to a certain age group or on medical grounds were considered vulnerable, it meant at least twelve to sixteen weeks of isolation! Though most understood the goal of this measure, it has still proved difficult for many.
During this period our team at Kelvedon Dental Centre were continuously receiving phone calls from confused and increasingly anxious people who while they had to isolate unfortunately also experienced tooth, denture or other oral health related issues. Many were full of fear, realising that access to actual help other than remote advice or to try and secure an appointment at one of the very few temporary "Dental Hubs" that still provided care for the most urgent cases, were minimal.
Unfortunately for many people, this period of isolation and the need to shield has not ended and still continues to be a real cause for concern.
Community Domiciliary Dental Care (dental home visits) is a vital facility provided by the Local Authorities. This service requires triaging and forms part of an individual care plan, limited to those individuals who are deemed permanently or long term housebound or in residential care.
We found that there are many barriers preventing a fast growing group of people who don't meet the authorities criteria for an individual care plan, from accessing the care they need and deserve. This lead us, at Kelvedon Dental Centre, to put measures in place to make it possible for us to offer Dental Home Visits to this group.
A lot of people don't have a care plan but are still isolating, shielding or restricted to their home for various reasons such as:
living with shielding/vulnerable people
What to do
It starts with a phone call so we can discuss your specific situation and concerns.
Once we have established your needs, we will arrange a convenient time to come and see you. You will meet a Dentist and a Dental Nurse who will wear appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) to keep everybody safe.
Although there are limitations to the level of dentistry we can provide in a non clinical setting, we aim to initially fix your immediate issue and put a plan in place should any additional treatment be required.
If you live in the area around Colchester, Chelmsford and surrounding villages and think you need a Dental Home Visit or you want more information, give us a call on: