Welcome to the Village Dental Practice, Skewen 

Face Mask Update - 30/5/2022

 Although from 30/5/2022 it is no longer a legal requirement for patients to wear face coverings in healthcare settings in Wales, we would politely ask that all visitors to the practice continue to wear a face covering wherever possible to minimise the risk of infection to vulnerable patients and staff members.

In his update of Friday 27th May 22, the Chief Medical Officer for Wales said:

"I agree that it is timely to remove our remaining legal requirement on the mandatory use of face coverings in health and care settings. However, I note that many hospitals in other UK nations are successfully promoting the continued use of face coverings and limiting visitor numbers in health care settings and I recommend that a similar approach is adopted in Wales."

Covid Alert Level Update - 10/2/2022

From 28th January 2022, Wales has returned to Covid Alert Level 0 (Zero). Further details on the restrictions can be found at https://gov.wales/covid-19-alert-levels.

In line with the reducing levels of Covid infections in the community, dentistry is now entering a "Recovery Phase". According to current Welsh Government guidelines, all dental patients must continue to be screened prior to their visit to determine their likely Covid risk status. Before any visit you will be asked a series of questions such as:

have you or anyone in your household tested positive for Covid in the last 10days, or awaiting the results of a PCR test, or been advised to isolate?

have you or anyone in your household travelled abroad in the last 10days?

do you have any symptoms such as loss of taste or smell, new continuous cough, sore throat, runny nose, fever, aches or pains, vomitting or diarrhoea?

If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes", you would be asked to defer any non-urgent treatment for 14 days (even if you think it is likely the symptoms are not Covid related or have a negative lateral flow test). If after assessment it is inappropriate to delay treatment, you will be advised how we will provide your care with enhanced precautions to ensure the ongoing safety of yourself, other patients and staff.

Extra precautions will also be taken for any patients who have been identified as "Vulnerable" during the pandemic. This would include those over 70 years old, those with chronic chest or heart conditions, patients undergoing chemotherapy, the immunocompromised and pregnant patients. These patients would be asked not to use the communal waiting area but call us on arrival so they can be escorted directly to their treatment area. Steps would also be in place to ensure that these patients were not brought into contact with any patients considered higher Covid risk. Ideally, vulnerable patients should be seen at the very start of the day but we appreciate this may not always be possible for every patient.

 We hope that by being allowed to treat patients assessed as "low Covid risk" similarly to pre-Covid conditions over the coming months, that we will be able to gradually increase our patient throughput and provision of routine care which has inevitably been delayed during the last two years of restrictions within dentistry.

Please be assured that we are available for advice and same day emergency treatment for our registered patients as we have been throughout the pandemic. 

If you have any questions regarding your oral health, treatments or registration, please give us a call so a member of our team can discuss these with you. 

 If you require urgent care (pain, swelling, bleeding etc) please telephone us on 01792 814734 during our altered opening hours of 9-5 Mon-Fri  (please call as early as possible and before 3pm to ensure same day triage and advice) where you will be assessed, advised and offered an appointment if appropriate to do so under the current guidelines. 

 

 Please visit this website frequently for news and updates. For additional information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) please click on the link under Practice Info on the right hand side of this page. 

 

 General Information

Based in the heart of Skewen, just off the M4, The Village Dental Practice has been providing quality care for families in the surrounding communities for over 40 years.

 

We realise that many people are anxious about a visit to the dentist. With this in mind we do our best to make you feel at ease in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. We always start by getting to know you, and what concerns you may have about your dental care.

As an independent practice, we have our own dental plan in place, which enables our patients to budget for all their routine dental needs. Any costs will be fully discussed prior to treatment being provided, and backed up with a written treatment plan.

Children under the age of 18 are cared for under the NHS. We also provide NHS treatment to residents of some local nursing homes registered with us for ongoing care. 

If you would like any further information about the practice or would like to make an appointment, please call our reception team on 01792 814734 and we will be happy to help with any queries you may have.

 

 

last updated 27/6/2022