Businesses across the world have been significantly impacted by the sudden need to forcefully shut down what we know to be our ‘normal’ lives. Unlike many businesses, however, dental clinics in the UK have been left in the dark about when and how they should re-open their doors to patients.
Though the guidance or lack thereof is hugely vague, that does not mean you should wait for word from the powers that be to put a plan in place. While you sit and ride out the storm of COVID-19, your competitors already have their wheels in motion, ready to swipe your patients at the first opportunity.
Dental problems have not gone away during these times of isolation. Clinics around the country have been triaging emergency patients as best they can. Nonetheless, there will undoubtedly be a stream of patients desperate for treatment once you are given the go-ahead to provide it.
As we gradually remerge from the Coronavirus induced lockdown and try to resume normality, the virus still and could likely plague us forever. How then can you prepare to open your dental clinic in a Coronavirus affected environment?
The tips we share below are our recommendations of areas to consider when planning your re-opening strategy. With the individuality of each practice, and depending on the impact of the virus in your area, you will need to come up with a tailored plan to suit your situation. We hope that our suggestions make for a good starting point and perhaps provide you with some ideas you may not have thought to prepare previously.
If you would like any help in organising your re-opening strategy and communicating this with your patients, contact our team today.