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Coronavirus West Berkshire Dental Update

Posted September 11, 2020


Our Chief Officer on Dentistry Issues

A clip from BBC South Today, recorded on Monday 7th September 2020, highlighting problems dentistry services are facing, including longer waiting times. Our Chief Officer Andrew Sharp makes an appearance and shares his thoughts in this clip.


Dental Update and what your dental service is dong to help keep you safe (Click the images below to read the details)


Click here or on the image above to read the details.

You can also click here or the image below to read the letter from Sara Hurley (Chief Dental Officer) and Matt Neligan (Director of Primary Care and System Transformation) where they ask all dental practices to commence opening from Monday 8 June for all face to face care.


Urgent Dental Care in the South East stakeholder briefing


Emergency Dental Update from Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Read the new guidance from the NHS regarding changes to Primary Dental Care services in response to COVID-19.

You may face an increase in public enquiries about how to access dental services. NHS England have provided an update with changes to services, with a focus on managing urgent dental care needs. While people should be able to access dental care where essential, routine treatment will not be available during this time.

Dental practices will be updating their websites and messaging to reflect this, and informing their commissioner so that the 111 service is kept up to date.

We have pulled together the updates including the immediate changes, which affect both the delivery and operation of general dental practices and community dental services.

Clink on the image to read the full letter



After guidance from NHS England, all dentists have been asked to suspend routine dental care due to the increased risk of Covid-19. If you have a dental emergency please contact your dentist.

If you do not have a dentist and have a dental emergency please go on online to 111.nhs.uk and search for dental. Complete the form and you will be directed as necessary.

If patient exhibits any of the following symptoms, they are advised to contact NHS 111 for emergency advice.

Patient information can be located at: