We politely ask that a chaperone attend with a patient, only if absolutely necessary. We do appreciate that some patients may require a chaperone (for example a child attending with their parent or carer, or an individual with a physical or leaning disability).
As far as possible, a chaperone should be from the same household as the patient. If appropriate to do so, chaperones will be asked to leave and wait outside the surgery whilst all procedures are carried out. We understand that this may not always be possible (for example where the patient is a young child or where the patient would be distressed to be left alone). In such cases, team members will pay particular attention to the Faculty of General Practice’s guidance, which advises that ‘there should be an individual case by case risk assessment of whether parents/carers or guardians should be present in the surgery during treatment and make sure that this is done as safely as possible where this is deemed essential’.
Please note, chaperones will be required to complete the same COVID-19 screening questionnaire as the attending patient.
Please note that some dental practices may charge patients an additional fee to cover the cost of PPE. We have decided not to charge our loyal returning patients or new patients joining us.