I work in a large practice(mostly private with a small NHS contract for exempt patients only). Having received information last week that dental surgeries should cease using high-speed drills, so no fillings or RCT and no scale/polishing, added to aged 70+ and those with underlying health issues discouraged from attending at all, it is likely that there is not even work to remain open doing essentially check-ups on only those fit and/or willing to attend, the odd simple extraction, and pain-relief/issue of script, it occurs to me should we even remain open using best part of 2000 masks, gloves etc.per week. There are emergency dental clinics which I feel could be expanded to deal with emergenies only, and general surgeries should be TOLD to CLOSE, thereby releasing gloves/masks/hand gel/etc to be put to better use by NHS hospitals coping with Coronavirus.
What are other surgeries Private and NHS doing at the moment? and any thoughts on the issue?