Important patient information regarding COVID-19

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At Primary Dental, we’re committed to the safety and well-being of our team and patients throughout this challenging time for Australia and the world.

As the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve, we wanted to share with you some important information about the steps we’re taking to reduce the risk of exposure at our centres. Our greatest priority at this time is the health and safety of our people and patients. 

We’ve always taken infection control seriously: Best practices and stringent protocols for hand hygiene, sterilisation of instruments, use of protective wear and high levels of cleaning and disinfection to prevent cross-contamination, make our dental centre a place you can feel confident of and safe to attend. We remain fully compliant with protective clothing requirements such as TGA approved level 2 masks, gloves, gowns and eyewear. Our dental centres are audited twice yearly against a 170-point checklist relating to infection prevention and control procedures to ensure the standards we’ve set are being met consistently. Our protocols for batch identification and tracking of sterilised dental instruments is above and beyond what is typically required for dental practices.

We are fully accredited: All Primary Dental centres are fully accredited in the National Standard for Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infections. In 2016, every centre in the Primary Dental network was formally accredited by Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) and re-accreditation was achieved in 2019.

Our teams are trained and qualified against national standards: All dental practitioners operating from Primary Dental centres are required to comply with the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) Guidelines for Infection Control and the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare and participate in infection control updates on a regular basis. Our dental assistants are also trained to the same guidelines. 

CAN I STILL MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

The Federal Government’s Health Advisory committee, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has restricted all dental services to dental emergencies only, helping to keep people at home to reduce the risk of infection of COVID-19.

If you have a dental emergency such as acute dental pain, broken front teeth due to an injury, or you have a referral from a medical practitioner for dental treatment that would affect your health if left untreated, please call one of our urgent care centres below or request an appointment online.

PRIMARY DENTAL URGENT CARE CENTRES

New South Wales

Victoria

Queensland

South Australia

Western Australia

You can be assured that you’re visiting a clean, hygienic space and our teams and the dentists operating from Primary Dental are available to assist you if you have a dental emergency.

IS IT SAFE TO COME INTO THE CENTRE?

Yes, for most people it is safe to come into the centre to see your dentist.

However,

If you have tested positive to COVID-19 or are awaiting COVID-19 test results

OR

You have returned from overseas travel in the past 14 days

OR

You have had close or casual contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19

OR

You have ANY of the following symptoms:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Sore Throat

  • Shortness of breath

Do not visit the centre.

Please defer any non-urgent or routine dental treatment until the current restrictions are lifted.

If you have a potentially life-threatening emergency and answer YES to any of the above, please contact your nearest emergency department or dial 000 for an ambulance and tell them you may be at risk of COVID-19.

 

I THINK I HAVE COVID-19. WHAT DO I DO?

If you have tested positive to COVID-19 or have any associated symptoms, please call your closest medical centre first, or phone the nearest hospital Emergency Department.

If you experience severe symptoms, please call 000 and advise the operator if you are in self-quarantine because of COVID-19 risk.

For more information call the Coronavirus Information line on 1800 020 080 or visit the Department of Health website.

Additional Precautions 

In light of COVID-19 we are actively following the advice issued by the Australian Government, and are increasing our level of already strict protocols in the following ways:

We have mandatory isolation periods: All team members returning from international travel or have been in contact with a confirmed case are to stay home for 14 days.

We are increasing our frequency of disinfection:We are cleaning and disinfecting general surfaces that people touch with their hands more frequently and our frontline employees have received updated training to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. 

We are triaging all patients before they walk in: We request all patients with a scheduled appointment to advise us prior to attending if they have any risk factors, signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

Furthermore, we can reassure you that the medical centres we are located within are taking the necessary steps to reduce the risk of exposure, by encouraging phone consultations where applicable, and have strict measures in place when it comes to managing patients with symptoms of COVID-19.

Kind Regards,
Lisa Conway
General Manager– Dental