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COVID-19 Information for Dental Practitioners

Members are advised to regularly check the NSW Health website (see link below) for COVID-19 updates and for a full list of venues affected. 

ACT and NSW remain at Level 1 Restrictions and dentists need to maintain vigilance with screening patients, visitors and their teams to support with identifying and managing any COVID-19 risk. This also includes ensuring physical distancing can be maintained in shared indoor spaces and checking you have sufficient resources available, such as Alcohol Based Hand Rub and PPE.
Screening requires an awareness of current case locations. The daily list for your state/territory can be sent in advance and shown to each patient/staff/visitor on arrival, to ensure they have not been to a location of concern.

Please contact Practice Services if you have any questions or concerns, on (02) 8436 9927 or practiceservices@adansw.com.au

Pre-screening before patients arrive

Call or SMS each patient prior to attendance to pre-screen for COVID-19 risk criteria. 
Where risk criteria are identified, dental practices should ensure systems are in place to manage patients appropriately.

Screening patients again at the dental practice

On arrival, re-screen each patient for symptoms when they are checked in and as part of your routine clinical assessment. 

Recommended screening questions:
- Have you had any symptoms in the last 14 days that are new:   

  • fever (37.5° or higher)

  • cough

  • sore throat

  • shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)

  • runny nose

  • loss of taste

  • loss of smell.

- Have you been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or who has travelled internationally within the last 14 days?
Have you travelled to an area within Australia or NSW that is considered a higher risk area for community transmission in the last 14 days (areas include the Cumberland and Northern Beaches LGAs, some suburbs in the Canterbury LGA*, Mount Druitt and Rooty Hill (suburbs). If yes, review the list of venues identified on the NSW or ACT website.
*Canterbury LGA suburbs include Ashbury, Belfield, Campsie, Canterbury, Clemton Park, Croydon Park, Earlwood, Hurlstone Park.

Mandatory face masks indoors

In Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong areas, it is mandatory to wear a face mask in some indoor venues. Premises that are used for the purpose of providing health services are not retail premises or business premises. Click here to see the full list of indoor settings where a face mask (fitted face covering) is mandatory.

QR Codes and electronic check-in guidance 

As of 1 January 2021, hospitality venues and hairdressers are required to use the NSW Government QR code system. This does not include dental practices. Click here to see the full list of businesses, organisations and events that must use electronic check-in.

Consider implementing a QR code system for any visitors that are not listed within your appointment book. 



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