Clarkston Toll Dental Practice
NHS and Private Dental Care
Dear Patient, we appreciate that the pandemic has been a difficult and frustrating time for everyone in terms of accessing dental care. We have been open since June 2020 (when dental practices were allowed to re-open if they felt able to, many practices did not open at this time) and we have been trying exceptionally hard to take care of our patients throughout this period whilst also ensuring a completely safe environment for all. Due to the limited number of patients Dental Practices can currently see this has resulted in a longer wait for appointments than during normal times. We really appreciate your understanding and we are trying very hard for you as always. If you have any immediate problem please call us- we are here for you.
Please see below for the current position.
UPDATE MAY 2021:
Dear Patient, The Health Secretary made an announcement recently that ‘NHS Dental services are as available now as they were before the pandemic started’. However, at the present time Dental Practices are unable to see the numbers of patients previously seen due to fallow time (a period a surgery must remain empty following most procedures), enhanced disinfection procedures as well as strict social distancing protocols.
These measures dramatically limit the number of patients that Dental Practices can safely see per day. It is a small fraction of pre-pandemic levels. We have, therefore, been told to still prioritise for emergency or urgent care on the NHS at the present time and we have been provided with NHS PPE for 10 patients per day on this basis.
We are also able to see a small number of patients per day independently of the NHS (privately) if any of our patients wish to be seen on this basis.
If you have any issues please call us on 0141 638 2944- we are here to help you.
Other Public Announcements:
It was announced on Monday 12th October 2020 that NHS Dentists: ‘from November 1, will be able to provide a full range of treatments to all NHS patients within Dental Practices.’
However, in a letter sent from the Chief Dental Officer to all NHS Dental Practices on 12th October 2020 it stated: ‘a return to pre-COVID levels of patient volume will NOT be achievable under the current health protection measures‘. It also stated: ‘This is NOT business as usual’. Due to social distancing requirements, the need for stringent and thorough cleaning between patients and also the fallow time (the time we need to leave the surgery room empty after using our aerosol generating equipment before we can re-enter and deep clean) a return to routine NHS Dental Care for all NHS Dental Practices in Scotland is still not imminent, unfortunately.
We are closely following the ever changing guidance during this period. Our Chief Dental Officer and National Clinical Director advised that Dental Practices were able to provide aerosol generating treatment (anything involving drilling/scaling) from 17th August 2020 onwards and that routine care was possible from 1st November 2020 – however, this still must be prioritised for emergency or urgent dental care under the NHS.
This means that under the terms of the NHS we can use our equipment for anyone with a dental issue eg acute toothache that requires drilling to remove pain and stabilise the tooth, or for complex extractions.
A return to routine dental care for all of our patients is still some time away, unfortunately.
We are also able to offer care independently (privately) for a small number of patients per day if any of our patients decide to choose this option during this period. This can be provided for treatment that is necessary.
We have been extremely careful to put robust policies and protocols in place to ensure safety for our patients and staff- patient and staff safety is always our number one priority. Indeed, we have invested heavily to ensure safety for all.
If you have a dental issue please call us for advice or to make an appointment on 0141 638 2944.
The safety of our patients and staff is of paramount importance to us at all times.
Please go to our Covid 19 page for further information.
0141 638 2944
153 Eastwoodmains Road,
At Clarkston Toll Dental Practice we firmly believe in the National Health Service
We believe it is an excellent service.
Our promise to you is that we will NEVER leave the NHS as other dental practices have done.
We can also offer our patients a full range of private and cosmetic treatments.
Procedures such as tooth whitening, veneer, bridges and implants are frequently provided and are available to all our patients.
Our EXCEPTIONALLY low prices for PRIVATE white fillings and crowns on back molar teeth start from just £59. Our prices for private white crowns start at just £295.
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There is free parking available at the public car park directly opposite the practice near the train station.
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