The UK went into national lockdown on 23 March 2020 which brought the whole country to a halt. Not only were we told to avoid non-essential travel and social contact, but we were also advised to work from home where possible. Even the schools had to close – with the exception of keyworkers’ children and vulnerable students – and dental checks and treatments that involved close contact between dentists and patients couldn’t take place either.
Twelve months on, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson says that it has been one of the toughest years yet. And, here at EvoDental, we couldn’t agree more – but we firmly believe that we have made the best of a bad situation…
Prioritising patient care and service
For us, our top priority was our patients. We worried what the lockdown would mean for those who were due to visit our clinic and undergo treatment whilst the government advised us to close our doors until further notice. However, we decided to use our time wisely and reflected on what we could do to improve our services, treatments and workflow. We’ve even taken all the necessary measures to make sure that our warm and welcoming clinics are COVID-safe.
Better outcomes for our patients
At EvoDental, we specialise in same day full jaw dental implants. In fact, it’s all that we do – we don’t use our resources on any other area of dentistry, allowing us to offer the most specialist treatments with an innovative approach which is unmatched anywhere else – at some of the most competitive prices around.
Over the years, we have helped thousands of people to regain their confidence and their smiles. And to make the treatment more predictable for patients, and a lot easier for our clinicians, we now work on a digital workflow. This means that we use the CT scan that was taken before the surgery as the starting point and transform the data into a starting set of models – effectively improving patient outcomes.
Improved communication between clinical and technical teams
Lockdown also allowed us to focus on the way our clinicians, nurses, engineers and scientists communicated with each other and, as a result, we have developed a multi-discipline team (MDT). Our entire clinical team meets with the technical team once a week – for half a day – to discuss each case in detail to ensure that our patients receive the best possible treatment when they come to our clinics in Liverpool and Heathrow. And, as the restrictions take a tentative step towards easing, we are excited about the opening of our third dental clinic in Solihull.
To find out more about the positives we have taken from the multiple lockdowns since last March, and what both our clinic and patients are hopeful for once the restrictions have eased, check out our new video: