COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Announcement

Your safety and well-being have always been our highest priority. We continue to outwork our commitment to keeping you and our team safe during these challenging times.

Below are more details on how the Government's Alert Level restrictions translate to us and our services to you. In essence, we can continue to provide care to all our patients.

South Island is at ALERT LEVEL 1

Under the current Alert Level 1, we can provide routine dental care for low-risk patients.

During this time, we will continue to ask that all patients complete our Covid-19 triage questionnaire before arriving for their scheduled appointment. This will help us assess individual risk levels and proceed with the adequate steps as outlined in the guidelines.

We continue to implement the most comprehensive level of cross-infection protocols as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the New Zealand Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Dental Council. Together these will help ensure that we continue to have the safest environment possible during this critical time of Covid-19 containment.  

Is there anything different?

Yes, as Healthcare providers we are required to follow strict guidelines as released by the Ministry of Health and the Dental Council.

Included is the continual requirement to triage every patient before their scheduled appointments to assess different risk-levels before treatment.

We also ask that everyone arriving at our premises continue to apply personal hygiene measures including hand-washing on arrival.

I have an appointment booked, should I still attend?

Yes. If you have an appointment booked, it is safe to attend your appointment under Alert Level 2. In fact, we at Dunedin Dental, have continued to operate under Alert Level 2 guidelines even during Alert Level 1. Your safety and the safety of our team is paramount to us.

However, if you have any queries we encourage that you contact us at 03 345 4829.

What should I do if I have an emergency?

As always you can contact us by sending us either an email, a message via our website or by calling the practice at 03 477 4829.

We continue to discourage walk-ins as we try to minimize the volume of people at our waiting areas during this time.

What is Dunedin Dental doing to ensure my safety during upcoming emergency appointments?

We will continue to screen all patients by phone prior to booking appointments.

We continue to require that all patients complete our online Covid-19 risk assessment triage questionnaire before arriving for their scheduled appointment.

We continue to enforce that everyone are keeping with strict hand hygiene measures upon arrival.

We continue to ensure that our clinicians and team are well and asking them to stay at home if they are feeling unwell.

We have applied additional and more frequent cleaning measures across our common areas using medical grade disinfectant.

We  are limiting people volume at the waiting room by asking those in attendance to come unaccompanied.

We continue to keep up-to-date with the latest advice from the Ministry of Health and the Dental Council and revising our response protocols with their most current recommendations.

Together we will keep New Zealand safe.

What can I do to keep safe during this time?

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based rub or wash them with soap and water. Hand washing is never too much and can help kill viruses that may be on your hands from touching contaminated surfaces.  

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Droplets spread viruses. Make sure you continue to follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Practice social distancing during essential outings

Maintain at least 2 metres (6.5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The World Health Organisation(WHO) and our Ministry of Health (MOH) have identified the common symptoms of COVID-19 as:
- High Temperature (at least 38C)
- Shortness of breath
- Dry cough
- Tiredness
- Some patients may also have aches and pain, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and diarrhoea.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. They are also present in other much more common illnesses, such as cold, flu and in the case of shortness of breath, possible pneumonia, which would require immediate medical attention.

The current assessment from the World Health Organization suggests these symptoms would show up after 2-10 days of having COVID-19. 

If you have any of these symptoms and have recently been overseas or have had close contact with someone who has been suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 cases; or who has recently traveled overseas, please call the Healthline immediately on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor for further instructions.