Welcome to the Village Dental Practice, Skewen
26/10/2020 Update - "Firebreak" Lockdown
As you will be aware, Wales will be under a "firebreak" lockdown from 23/10/20 until 9/11/2020.
For clarification, the Chief Dental Officer for Wales has confirmed that it is reasonable and permitted to travel to receive nessessary dental treatment.
Despite this, due to the high rates of infection in the Skewen area, we have been advised by Swansea Bay Health Board that routine examinations should be postponed where possible until after the firebreak period for patients clinically deemed "low risk" or "low need" by their treating dentist. This is in an effort to help control the spread of the virus within our community by limiting unnecessary contact and travel, protecting the most vulnerable and our wider NHS services.
We apologise for this inconvenience and will be contacting those applicable low risk patients with examinations booked in this period to re-arrange these for you. If you would prefer to keep your appointment for a specific reason, please make this known to the team member you speak to.
Please be aware that we are available for advice and treatment of urgent problems as usual throughout this period.
Over the last few weeks we have worked hard to install a new mechanical air extraction system in each of the practices four surgeries. This changes the air in the surgery many times an hour, effectively diluting any potential contaminants released during treatments. Not only does this make your visit safer, it means that we now have capacity to see more patients as we only require 20-40 minutes downtime after treatments instead of the previous 100 minutes. Despite these changes we are still operating at a significantly reduced capacity (approximately 30% of pre covid) as we comply with the updated regulatory frameworks incepted due to the pandemic. We appreciate your on-going patience during this challenging period.
Many thanks to the team at DJ Electricals of Ammanford for installation, and Gareth of Vector Air & Water, Pyle for their help and expertise in validating our mechanical ventilation system.
We now have a system available where patients can complete some paperwork such as Medical History forms online prior to your appointment. This will reduce your time at the practice and help us make your visit more "Covid Secure". For further information please click on the "Patient Portal" tab in the top navigation bar on this page.
If you require urgent care (pain, swelling, bleeding etc) please telephone us on 01792 814734 (during our altered opening hours of 9-5 Mon-Fri) where you will be assessed, advised and offered an appointment if appropriate to do so under the current guidelines. If after assessment you are not suitable for treatment in general practice environment, you will be directed to the appropriate treatment pathway. Emergency treatment centres have been set up to see patients infected (or suspected of being infected) with Covid-19. Appointments must be made by referral through your dentist after assessment, and are strictly for the most urgent of cases only, that can not be managed by other means (such as analgesics or antibiotics). As you will likely be aware from the news, life saving PPE is at an absolute premium so the criteria for treatment at the emergency clinic is understandably very stringent.
PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP AT THE PRACTICE WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. ADMITTANCE IS NOW STRICTLY BY PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Rest assured, we will continue to do our utmost to cater for your oral health needs as best we can, whilst working within the guidelines proposed to keep patients, staff and the public at large as safe as possible.
Please do not hesitate to telephone us with any questions, queries or concerns you may have over urgent problems, oral hygiene advice, your dental care in general, Dpas membership and the service we continue to provide during this unprecidented time.
Please visit this website frequently for news and updates. For additional information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) please click on the link under Practice Info on the right hand side of this page.
Based in the heart of Skewen, just off the M4, The Village Dental Practice has been providing quality care for families in the surrounding communities for over 40 years.
We realise that many people are anxious about a visit to the dentist. With this in mind we do our best to make you feel at ease in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. We always start by getting to know you, and what concerns you may have about your dental care.
As an independent practice, we have our own dental plan in place, which enables our patients to budget for all their routine dental needs. Any costs will be fully discussed prior to treatment being provided, and backed up with a written treatment plan.
Children under the age of 18 are cared for under the NHS. We also provide NHS treatment to residents of some local nursing homes registered with us for ongoing care.
If you would like any further information about the practice or would like to make an appointment, please call our reception team on 01792 814734, or email us and we will be happy to help with any queries you may have.
last updated 26/10/2020