Dental news you’ve missed this week

Missed out on this week’s dental news? No problem, here’s what happened over the past seven days…

NHS dental targets increase to 60% from April

NHS dental practices will need to hit 60% of their pre-COVID activity under new requirements

The biggest headline of this week is that NHS dental targets will increase to 60% from 1 April. This will come as a huge blow for many, especially as the news was announced just three days before the new targets came into play. The hike is set to be in place until 1 October 2021.

NHS dental charges will not increase from April

Patient charges will not increase from April 1 in England or Wales, it has been confirmed

However, it’s not all bad news. Alongside the targets, it was confirmed that NHS dental charges will not increase from April. That said, December did see a rise of 5% – increasing the cost of crowns and dentures by £13.50, for example.

The dental lab expert – your team and communication in times of crisis

the lab expertWe launched an exciting new feature this week from Ashley Byrne, a laboratory owner and expert. ‘The Lab Expert’ column gives insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting dental labs and how he is navigating his way through it.

A healthy word – lockdown and alcohol

a healthy wordAnd in her column this month, hygienist Anna Middleton considers the spike in alcohol consumption during lockdown. She discusses how dental teams can communicate the importance of limiting drinks and how it leads to better oral health.

Suspension on requirement for patient signature on dental forms extended

The government has confirmed that the exemption to prescription signing will be extended by three monthsFinally, dental patients won’t have to sign dental forms any time soon. Last November, the government introduced a measure that suspended the need for patients to sign prescription, dental and ophthalmic forms to help slow COVID-19 transmission. The measure has now been extended by another three months.

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