Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Last Updated:   23rd September 2020 (at 15:25)   

** Coronavirus National Testing Programme - click HERE for full details **

 

** Latest Key Dental Correspondence **   

 

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, DoH RE: Seasonal Flu Vaccination for Clinical Dental Staff is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, DoH RE: Updated Northern Ireland Operational Guidance (10.09.20) is available HERE and enclosed guidance is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael O'Neill, DoH, RE : COVID-19 Financial Support to General Dental Practices (03.09.20) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, HSCB, RE: Revised Arrangements for Urgent Dental Care from 01/09/20 to 31/03/21 is available HERE

  • Letter from Paul Montgomery, DoH RE: COVID-19 Financial Support to General Dental Practices (19.08.20) is available HERE

  • Letter from PHA Infection, Prevention and Control Cell, RE: Early Alert RE: Mask shortage is available HERE

  • Email from Michael Donaldson, HSCB is available HERE, RE: HSE Safety Alert relating to incorrect settings used for Quantitative Fit Testing (available HERE) and Learning Letter (available HERE)

  • Letter from Paul Montgomery, DoH RE: COVID-19 Financial Support to General Dental Practices (31.07.20) is available HERE

  • Letter from Dan West, Chief Digital Information Officer, RE: New Northern Ireland Contact tracing smartphone app STOPCOVIDNI - Proximity App (29.07.20) is availble HERE and DHCNI StopCOVID NI Briefing Pack is available HERE 

  • COVID-19 Interim protocol for testing (version 6.1) is available HERE  

  • Letter from Paul Montgomery, DoH RE: COVID-19 Financial Support to General Dental Practices (24.07.20) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, HSCB RE: Urgent Dental Care Centres. (17.07.20) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, HSCB RE: Revised Arrangements for Urgent Dental Care under Phase 3 of GDS Reestablishment Plan (07.07.20) is available HERE

  • Urgent Dental Care Flow Diagram (July 2020) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, DoH - RE: PPE (02.07.20) is available HERE

  • Letter from Paul Montgomery, DoH - RE: Resumption of Non-Urgent Dental Services: Financial Support to General Dental Practices (23.06.20) is available HERE

  • Preparation for the Re-establishment of the General Dental Services - Operational Guidance v3 (22.06.20) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, DoH - RE: Timing of Phases 2 and 3 of GDS Re-establishment Plan (18.06.20) is available HERE

  • Preparation for the Re-establishment of the General Dental Services - Operational Guidance (04.06.20) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, DoH - RE: Re-establishment of Dental Services (02.06.20) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, HSCB - RE: Redeployment Work: Update and Next Steps (11.05.20) is available HERE.

  • Letter from Roz McMullan, Chair, Probing Stress in Dentistry Group (06.05.20) is available HERE and details in relation to Stress Control Courses is available HERE. Healthcare Apps Library is available HERE

  • A HSCB guidance document for practitioners working in both General Dental Practice and the Urgent Care Centres (released 01.05.20 and updated 13.05.20) is available HERE

  • A series of information leaflets for patients who have been referred to one of the Urgent Dental Care Centres are available below:

  • LINK to the UDC Centres General Patient Guidance

  • LINK to the Ballymena UDC - Patient Guidance

  • LINK to the Brownlow UDC - Patient Guidance

  • LINK to the Carlisle UDC - Patient Guidance

  • LINK to the Lisburn UDC - Patient Guidance

  • LINK to the Omagh UDC - Patient Guidance

  • Letter from Paul Montgomery, DoH - RE: Financial Support to General Dental Services (30.04.20) is available HERE

  • GDS Financial Support Scheme - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) v1.2 (30.04.20) is available HERE

 

** Latest CMO Letters **

  • HSS(MD) 68/2020 - 23.09.20 - Letter to All Health and Social Care Workers Encouraging Everyone to Obtain the Flu Vaccination is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 67/2020 - 17.09.20 - Minimising Risks of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Healthcare Settings is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 59/2020 - 18.08.20 - Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2020/21 is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 58/200 - 11.08.20 - Use of Face Masks / Face Coverings in all Health & Social Care Facilities is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 54/2020 - 29.07.20 - Personal Protective Equipment and Heat: Risk of Heat Stress is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 52/2020 - 21.07.20 - Cannabis Oil Disguised as Confectionary is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 46/2020 - 15.06.20 - Re-Scheduling of Epidiolex (Cannabis Based Medicine) and Insertion of a New Definition under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations (NI) 2002 is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 45/2020 - 13.06.20 - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), as an Aerosol Generating Procedure (AGP) is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 44/2020 - 10.06.20 - Regional Ethics Advice and Support Framework letter is available HERE and the framework is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 42/2020 - 09.06.20 - SARS - CoV2 Antibody Testing - Programme Rollout is available HERE

 

** Useful Links for GDPs (should be reviewed regularly) **

  • Public Health Agency (PHA)LINK

  • UK Government Response - LINK

  • PHE Guidance to health professionals - LINK

  • PHE guidance for primary care LINK

  • British Endodontic Society Advice - LINK

  • SDCEP Guidance - Management of Acute Dental Problems During COVID-19 Pandemic - LINK

  • Guidance on prescribing antibiotics for urgent dental care during sustained transmission of COVID 19 (joint letter from Public Health England, Royal College of Surgeons FDS, Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and the British Dental Association - LINK
  • Healthcare Apps Library - LINK.