Happy New Year to all our lovely patients and their families and welcome to our latest newsletter.
So much has been happening during this last year. The practice is getting busier and busier and to manage the growing numbers of patients we have expanded our dental team. Last year we welcomed three fabulous new team members -in September we welcomed our new dentist, Christine, and also our new Hygiene-Therapists Claire and Joanne.
So …….As one door opens another one closes. In September we said good bye to our hygienist, Janette, who has moved house after four years at the practice. It is always sad to say goodbye to a team member and I know you will all want to wish her lots of happiness in her new home and many happy adventures in the future.
In February this year we are saying goodbye to Veronica who has been with the practice since En-Qi took over in 2016. She is moving to the Lake District and we will all miss her very much. Veronica has been a fabulous asset to our close knit team. We hope very much she will come back to visit us often. We all wish her the best of luck and much happiness in her new life in the Lakes.
Well done to our nurses!
You all know our two wonderful nurses Gemma and Lorna. Well they have been very busy brushing up their knowledge and developing their skills over the last year or so. Lorna has just passed her final dental nursing exams with flying colours and is now a fully fledged suction- wielding, instrument- handling, super- caring dental nurse. And Gemma has passed her radiography exams extending her skills to become a super safe X-ray taking specialist nurse. Congratulations girls – all that hard work has paid off.
Much as we don’t want to go on about it, Covid is still playing a huge part in the way we run the practice and see patients. We are so grateful to all our patients for putting up with the restrictions we have in place and adapting to our way of working. In spite of the easing of restrictions nationally we still have to protect the most vulnerable members of our community from coronavirus. We are very pleased that with your co-operation we have been able to see all patients who have wanted to come in and have been able to avoid the huge backlogs that other dental practices are experiencing.
To continue keeping everybody safe, and ensuring dental care is available to all no matter how vulnerable they are please:
Wear a mask to your appointment
Let us know if you have any Covid symptoms so we can move your appointment
Continue to bear with us whilst our waiting room remains closed.
Woody (Q7 Woodpecker) is our new air filtration unit which helps us to keep the air in the surgeries clean and reduce the risk of viruses. We often use Woody when we need to complete aerosol generating procedures such as fillings, preparing crowns and air polishing to name just a few. By investing in the unit we have been able to see more patients each day for more complex procedures which we were unable to complete safely during the start of the pandemic.
Finally, we would like to say thank you so much again for your continuous support and we look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!
and The So Dental Team.