During the pandemic, Mr Tekeli worked on the frontline as a Consultant in Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery in the NHS continuing to treat urgent cancer, trauma and dental/facial infection patients. He had first-hand experience witnessing the strain put on the services by COVID-19. Due to his frontline experience, he decided to reorganise all the services at the dental practice according to COVID-19 pandemic precautions which would be the “New Normal” for the foreseeable future. He has been using hospital infection control algorithms in order to provide dental treatments in a safe COVID-Secure environment.

A detailed risk assessment was carried out as per the government’s guidance. The staff members are retrained and extra measures put in place for staff members including daily symptom checks.

There are also physical changes to the practice where the waiting area is refurbished with social distancing measures in place. In addition, due to the high-risk nature of dental procedures, practice hours changed with amendments to our dental chair usage policy. One of our advantages in our clinic is that we have three surgery rooms where we can adapt to the new infection control procedures for patients. The procedures will take longer as we have to ensure the utmost care is taken for the prevention of COVID-19 transmission.

Patient Journey (COVID-19 Pandemic)

Patients will be given appointments after screening via a telephone or video conversation by one of our staff members. Following this, patients will receive a confirmation email and asked to fill out the up-to-date medical and dental history forms. This will be used instead of using our local tablet computer to update the details when patients attend, which will minimise the transmission risks. There are signposts within the practice to reiterate the importance of hand hygiene. Please do not bring anybody else with you for your dental appointments.

When you attend the practice, a mask will be provided at the entrance and a temperature check will be carried out with a thermal camera. You will be asked to clean your hands. If you have symptoms or a temperature of 37.8°C, then you will be asked to postpone the dental appointment. Our seating area is rearranged and you will be asked to wait in the waiting area.

You will be taken to your treatment room and after the treatment, you can book your further appointments at the desk and make your payment. We no longer take cash and you will need to make the payment via contactless.

There may be short notice cancellations due to staff being ill or isolating as per government guidance. Please follow the notices on our website.

COVID-19 Infection Control & PPE

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is crucially important in order to prevent any transmission during this pandemic. Owing to his frontline experience during the pandemic, Mr Tekeli decided to invest in a technologically advanced PPE system which is the most secure system also used by Imperial Healthcare in London. Especially for aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) in dentistry, an advanced PPE system is necessary. This would help our dentists to continue the treatments with the highest possible standards.

In addition, our strict infection control policy is revised and extra measures are introduced for minimising the risk of COVID-19, including special cleaning procedures of our equipment and our surgeries. Due to the additional infection control and social distancing protocols, procedures will take longer time to complete by our practitioners and specialists.

COVID-19 Post Lockdown Dental Treatments

In our clinic, simple and complex dental treatment will be carried out after the lockdown. We have advanced PPE and infection control measures to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Especially, any aerosol-generating procedure (AGP), such as dental fillings, will need to be completed in our designated AGP rooms with extra precautions taken. These will extend the time needed for the treatments.

Moreover, our recommendation is to minimise the number of attendances at the practice and complete as much of the treatment as possible in a given appointment time. Our principal and specialist, Mr Tekeli, will be providing dental extractions and immediate implant placement services after lockdown, which will reduce the number of attendances by the patients to the practice. We will provide patient finance during this period with 0% APR to help with the costs.

Find Us

We are located on the first floor of County Hall. When visiting, walk to Westminster Bridge Road and take the arched entrance into County Hall.

8:30am - 5:30pm
8:30am - 5:30pm
9:00am - 7:00pm
8:30am - 5:30pm
8:00am - 4:00pm

Southbank Dentistry & Implant Clinic
Riverside Building,
Westminster Bridge Rd
London, SE1 7PB

Tel: 020 7183 3558