Monday 3rd April
A couple of patients rang the clinic today, with dental emergencies, yet again the understanding of our patients is brilliant and everyone is being stoical to the limitations of what we can offer and we are very grateful for this.
Tonight the health of Prime Minister took a turn for the worse and he was admitted to the ITU in St. Thomas’ hospital in London. Although not everyone agrees with his political views, the general feeling of the nation is to wish him a speedy recovery.
At the clinic Ken went in to start up the compressors and oil the handpieces as we are concerned that they will develop mechanical issues and “seize up” due to lack of use.
Tuesday 7th April
We feel that we are getting slicker with our “over the phone” dental advice. Temporary fillings kits have been made out and if need be can be quickly posted out to patients. Issuing prescriptions is slightly more frustrating and pharmacies need to be encouraged to check their emails and their email addresses are tending to be different than those issues to us by the healthboard. Fortunately we have not yet had to refer any of our patients to the Inverness Dental Clinic yet.
Thankfully our social isolation has not stopped all members of the practice constantly being in contact with each other, whether it be for clinical and technical advice, or just for fun.
Wednesday 8th April
By now Keely has managed to track down all the temporary material suppliers in Inverness so we can help our patients keep themselves together until we see them again.
On a lighter note we are all endeavouring to collect corks for Keely’s wedding next year as she is planning to use as name plate decorations, and this is a perfect time to do it as no-one has to worry about drinking and driving.
The weather in Inverness (and the rest of the UK) has now turned very spring like which good for us, as we are all lucky enough to have gardens, however it is proving problematic for the rest of the UK as in more urban area people are going to their local parks which has been a nightmare for police as they are trying to encourage people to socially distance. People can now be fined for activities such as sunbathing.
Thursday 9th April
The matter of PPE in the UK, appears to have now reached crisis point, this has led to discussions about how this will change dentistry in the future. We all have visions of wearing full length gowns, to be changed between patients and worry that vacuum dental systems will have to be installed in all dental surgeries from now on. We would be obviously surprised in full FFP3 facemasks and full visors weren’t obligatory in the future.
Friday 10th April
Apparently today is officially good Friday, we are not quite sure how this will change our perception of the world as it appears that for the vast majority of us all the days and hours seem to be a mere concept.
However on a light note, Ken is maintaining his fitness level by chasing his dog and son around the garden, here’s a video he sent to the group chat…… complete with his goofy laughing.