A durable fixed alternative to missing teeth or dentures.
Principal Dentist Dr John Joyce has built a team of skilled clinicians and efficient support staff, dedicated to delivering exceptional dental care and life-enhancing cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
Although we deliver our services within an ultra-modern setting, using advanced equipment and the very latest techniques, we have managed to retain a wonderfully friendly and welcoming atmosphere – and it’s been that way for over 50 years!
Our aim is to continue to offer great dentistry, with added comfort and friendliness, for many years to come.
We wish Lois all the best and congratulate her on her selection for the Hygienist undergraduate training course at Southend University.
We are delighted to welcome Louise as the latest addition to our staff.
Hockley Dental Surgery,
2 Woodlands Parade,
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We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health.
You may have heard that dental practices can open to routine care from Monday 8th June.
Our practice will be opening on that day but we just wanted to be clear that this may not be business as usual. The treatments you are offered may be different from those you received before, depending on staff and equipment available. It will take some time before services return to what you previously experienced as normal. Please be patient whilst we develop a phased resumption of our full range of care as conditions allow.
Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. Whilst many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our surgery. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our practice follows infection control guidelines made by the governing bodies. We are up-to-date on new guidance that has been issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
- Our practice will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again at your appointment.
- We have hand sanitiser that we will ask you to use when you enter the practice. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the practice for you to use as needed.
- We cannot have magazines in the waiting area since they are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
How you can help:
- With the exception of children and patients with carers, patients should come alone
- A distance of at least 2 metres mush be observed if another patient is present in the dental practice
- Payment should be made by card where possible
- Staff will not shake your hand
- If you show symptoms following appointment booking, you should contact the practice by phone
- Please do not arrive early to the practice. If necessary, you should wait outside the practice
- Please do not arrive without an appointment
- Patients should come wearing a mask if possible or be prepared to wear one.
- Toilet facilities are available, but it is best if they are not frequently used, and so we respectfully ask that this need is addressed before leaving home.<
The conditions that HDS will be working under in the early phase of re-opening will mean a much lower capacity for patient appointments than previously. We will prioritise appointments for patients with urgent needs and those in vulnerable groups.
John Joyce and all the HDS team.
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