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Routine dental care services suspended

By Alan Hendry

NHS Highland has confirmed that routine dental care services have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement about the move, which applies across Scotland, the health board said: "If you feel you have an urgent dental need, in normal working hours, you should contact your practice, who will provide advice, reassurance or telephone assessment.

"Do not go along to your dentist – you should telephone your practice on their usual number. Your dentist will be able to give you advice, including on taking pain relief, or prescribe antibiotics.

"If your dentist confirms that you have an urgent dental need, if you are have no symptoms of Covid-19, you will be offered an appointment at an urgent dental care centre.

"If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 you will be contacted by staff from the designated Covid-19 urgent dental care centre.

"Outside normal working hours, if feel you have an urgent dental need, please contact NHS24.

"You can find further advice regarding Covid-19 and what to do if you have symptoms on the NHS Inform website.

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