Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Last Updated:   6th January 2021 (at 09:23)

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

 

** Latest Key Dental Correspondence **   

 

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, DoH, RE: Vaccination of General Dental Practice Frontline Staff (05.01.2021) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael O'Neill, DoH, RE: COVID-19 Financial Support to General Dental Services (15.12.2020) is available HERE

  • Letter from Donncha O'Carolan, HSCB RE: COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (14.12.2020) is available HERE

  • Letter from Dr Brid Farrell, PHA RE: COVID-19 Antibody Testing Study (03.12.2020) is available HERE

  • Letter from Clinical Audit and Peer Review Advisory Panel (24.11.2020) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, Acting Chief Dental Officer and Donncha O'Carolan, Interim Head of Dental Services RE: Out of Hours Arrangements for Emergency Dental Care (23.11.2020) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, DoH RE: Expression of Interest to all Dentists, Dental Therapists and Dental Hygienists to become Sessional Vaccinators to help implement the forthcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (18.11.2020) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael O'Neill, DoH, RE: COVID-19 Financial Support to General Dental Practices (16.11.2020) is available HERE

  • Letter from the four UK Chief Dental Officers RE: Supporting the Dental Profession throughout the second COVID-19 Wave (11.11.2020) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, DoH RE: Updated Northern Ireland Operational Guidance (21.10.2020) is available HERE and enclosed guidance is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael O'Neill, DoH RE: COVID-19 Financial Support to General Dental Practices (16.10.2020) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, HSCB RE: Arrangements for High Risk Patients (09.10.2020) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, DoH RE: Seasonal Flu Vaccination for Clinical Dental Staff (23.09.2020) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, DoH RE: Updated Northern Ireland Operational Guidance (10.09.2020) is available HERE and enclosed guidance is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael O'Neill, DoH, RE : COVID-19 Financial Support to General Dental Practices (03.09.2020) is available HERE

  • Letter from Michael Donaldson, HSCB, RE: Revised Arrangements for Urgent Dental Care (01.09.2020 to 31.03.2021) is available HERE

 

** Latest CMO Letters **

  • HSS(MD) 94/2020 - 04.01.2021 - CMO Letters regarding the UK COVID-19 Vaccination programmes are available HERE and HERE.  A short statement from the JCVI about first dose prioritisation is also available HERE.  An extract from the CEM CMO 2020 / 044 Green Book is also available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 93/2020 - 04.01.2021 - Deployment of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine in Northern Ireland and updated JCVI advice is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 92/2020 - 04.01.2021 - New variant of SARS-COV-2 virus in South Africa - Action for Health Service in Northern Ireland is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 91/2020 - 23.12.2020 - COVID-19 Therapeutic Alert - Therapeutic Anti-Coagulation (Herparin) in the Management of Severe COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Positive Patients is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 88/2020 - 21.12.2020 - The Human Medicines (Coronavirus) (Further Amendments) Regulations is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 86/2020 - 16.12.2020 - Azithromycin in the Management of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Positive Patients is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 85/2020 - 10.12.2020 - Adrenaline for Anaphylaxis Kits - A Reminder to Health Care Professionals is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 84/2020 - 10.12.2020 - Pfizer BioNtech COVID-19 Vaccine - Updated Guidance on Managing Allergic Reactions is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 83/2020 - 09.12.2020 - Continuation of Seasonal Flu Programme by Peer Vaccinators is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 82/2020 - 07.12.2020 - Deployment of the COVID-19 Vaccine in Northern Ireland is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 80/2020 - 06.12.2020 - Winter Vaccines and Research is available HERE and the 4 UK CMO's letter is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 79/2020 - 03.12.2020 - Confirmed Influenza Isolates in NI - NICE Guidance on Use of Antivirals Now Applies is available HERE

  • HSS(MD) 74/2020 - 08.11.2020 - Immediate Actions in response to Mink-Variant SARS-CoV-2 Virus in Denmark 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.