Practices open for non-urgent care from 13 July

24 June, 2020 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

All dental practices in Scotland can see registered patients for routine care, that does not involve aerosol generating procedures (AGPs), from 13 July.

At the same time work will begin to return AGPs to practice safely, the Scottish Government announced today.

The date is “indicative”, said the Government, and a final decision on moving into phase three of lifting COVID-19 lockdown restrictions will be taken in line with the statutory three-weekly review cycle, due on 9 July.

Announcing changes to restrictions on healthcare, travel, and retail, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The sacrifices that have been made – and I know how hard and at times painful they have been – have suppressed the virus. They have also protected the NHS, and have undoubtedly saved a significant number of lives.

“They have also brought us to the position where we can now look ahead with a bit more clarity to our path out of lockdown, and I hope details announced today will provide people and businesses with more certainty in their forward planning.

“But let me be clear that each step on this path depends on us continuing to beat the virus back. That is why we must do everything in our power to avoid steps being reversed.

“The central point in all of this is the virus has not – and it will not – go away of its own accord. It will pose a real and significant threat to us for some time to come.”

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