I am delighted to be able to tell you that restrictions on dental practices have now been reduced to Level 1 as from Friday 8th May. What this means for our office and our patients, is that we are able to perform all dental procedures.
A heightened awareness as to community conditions is still required and as always, we take above standard levels of care and precautions to protect both our patients and our team. Under Level 1 Restrictions we still have additional pre-screening questions, and social distancing and sanitation measures.
We may ask questions such as the following: Have you
- been overseas in the last two weeks
- had contact with a known/suspected COVID-19 case in the last two weeks
- resided in or visited a known high-risk area with a cluster of cases
- recently tested positive for COVID-19
- demonstrated any of the following symptoms:
- a cough
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- other respiratory symptoms
- recent loss of smell/taste
We wish you all well, safe keeping and look forward to assisting you with all of your dental needs with some small resemblance of return to normality.
Dr John Wells
To all of our patients, team members, our community support, and suppliers, on behalf of myself and our team at Simply Beautiful Smiles, we hope you are faring well and keeping safe and sound.
These are difficult times in many and varied ways for all of us. The dental community has been hit very hard with mandated restrictions which have been very far reaching and very strict.
Many practices are closed and may never reopen. Our own practice had a reduced patient flow to less than 5% of capacity, restricted to only emergency dental treatment that could not be postponed.
The good news is, dental practice restrictions are being eased to a Level 2 as from Monday 27th April 2020. This means in effect that we can undertake most dental procedures that we normally do, with a few extra precautions, as well as maintaining social distancing as much as possible, and additional health and welfare measures, including pre-screening for high risk individuals.
This ANZAC Day is a special one for many reasons. Being apart from friends and loved-ones does not mitigate nor minimise the essence of “Mateship.”
The theme for ANZAC Day this year is Mateship. As we pause and reflect upon the sacrifice and accepted burden of those who served and those who continue to serve, those who support those in service, the families of Veterans and those that were left behind, we remember that we are free and safe, because of their selfless service.
In these uncertain times, those who serve have stepped to the fore once again, to fight another unseen common enemy, and stand aside those who first respond, look after our health, our well-being and provide essential services.
To all of you we say "Thank You" and we express extreme gratitude.
Lest We Forget.
What a year we've had so far? Who would ever have thought as we came into this year, 2020, that it would be turning out the way it has so far.
So many people were looking forward to 2020 as a dawn of a new decade, a clean slate, a chance to perhaps spend some introspective time looking at our lives (20/20 vision) and where we were headed. I for one was one of those, determined to focus on where I was, what I wanted to achieve, and how to get there. Bring on 2020 was my mantra!
Summer came with continued drought, and smoke and haze thickened our air and darkened our normally clear blue skies. We all knew of someone who had lost a home or had been evacuated. Most of us were forced to stay indoors. Then the rains washed it all away and we could rejoice as the gardens finally sprang to life.
Then, before we knew it, we were all blindsided by COVID19, a very real threat to our normal way of life. Summer was already basically a write-off and now autumn looked to be the same. And mostly, still stuck at home (not smoke or dust this time, but an unseen threat).
And so it seems that I am getting my wish for being able to spend time being introspective and getting some 20/20 vision on where I am going. Lord knows, I rarely get quiet time.
At the office, we have had very few patients, as we elected to stay open to help with emergency dentistry. The team have stayed very positive and we keep each other going. Working one room each, we have been playing the music a little louder than usual and those that don't like our current choice in music wear headphones for their own music or noise blocking headphones to work on their own work projects. There has been a wonderful camaraderie and a lot of the usual day-to-day stress is not there.
The whole situation is somehow surreal.
But I digress. Tomorrow is Easter - a traditional time of hope and rebirth. This is what I know:
- it is what it is;
- there will always be a tomorrow;
- what will be will be, and;
- time is precious!
I am spending 2020 doing what I was hoping to do, just not as I had planned. The Serenity Prayer keeps coming to mind, and I find that it is somehow quite comforting. I am also comforted in the knowledge that we are all going through this experience together. And together we will get through this - we always do. :)
Keep smiling and keep faith that this too will pass.