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Update on dental and eye situations and also nail cutting services from the Commissioner’s office

Dental Services – phased reopening from 1st July.

The most recent statement on dental services says:

As levels of coronavirus stabilise and the restrictions begin to ease, we are looking at how we can restart dental services through three phases:

·        First phase: Urgent dental centres and dental practices will introduce more treatments and a full range of care, including fillings, will be available at some local dental practices to everyone who urgently needs them and has experienced problems during lockdown. This group of people will be offered assessment and care first. The first phase will begin from 1 July, prioritised by need

·        Second phase: A full range of care will be available in more practices and prioritised for people who need treatment, including those who have had treatment delayed because of the pandemic.

·        Third phase: routine check-ups for people with no dental problems and good oral health will be resumed.

Strict infection control measures, including social distancing will be in place to protect dental practice staff and people being assessed.

Opticians – currently emergencies only, no date giving yet for starting reopening.

Optometrist practices in Wales are closed to all but emergency eye care needs due to the Corona virus pandemic. Your regular optometrist will be answering telephone calls and can direct you to the most appropriate place for emergency eye care if you need it.

Like dentists, Opticians are currently in red alert, however, a timescale for moving to the next stage (Amber alert) is not yet available.

As of the 4 June, the following update was given to Optometrist by their professional body – there is currently no date for the re-opening of optometry practices for the provision of non-urgent/emergency or non-essential care.

Nail cutting services – currently urgent/emergency cases only

No further information found on this so we have requested details from the Welsh Government.

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