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West Yorkshire dentists prepare for re-opening

They can start to see more patients from 8th June, but will only do so when safety measures are in place.

The Prime Minister has announced that dentists in West Yorkshire can start to re-open from 8th June.

But practices say they'll only do so once they've been able to introduce appropriate safety measures and they have enough PPE.

They're asking patients to bear with them, and look out for further announcements from their own surgery.

Over the last few weeks, dentists have been offering advice by telephone, and offering painkillers and antibiotics to some people in pain.

Anyone who's suffering severe problems, which are not helped by medication at home, can be seen at one of a few 'urgent dental care hubs', which have been set up across West Yorkshire.

Harriet Willings, one of the dentists at Horbury Dental Care in West Yorkshire, said:

"All dentists want to get back to work and help our patients but we are still unable to do this until we have strict protocols and the appropriate PPE in place.

"We are working very hard to get this PPE but it is extremely hard to come by.

"We ask that the public are patient and trust that we are doing our best to get back to work and advise to keep an eye on dental websites and social media channels for further information."

Our reporter Edward Breslin spoke to Harriet about how they've adapted their services up to now, and about how we can all look after our teeth during lockdown, you can hear the full interview below...

 

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