In keeping with Scottish Government changes, Castleview Dental Practice, located at 77 Cromwell Street, Stornoway, is now able to offer appointments again.

Mr Sridhar Kalvakuntla, the practice owner, said: “This has been a very difficult time for our patients. The need to protect public health has meant dentists all across Scotland closed in March.

"We will now be able to offer urgent care to our patients, and start catching up on regular treatment in the coming weeks.

"I would like to thank all of our valued patients for their perseverance, and my team is keen to welcome them back.

"We have taken advice on all aspects of making the practice safe to reopen. As a result regular patients will see some changes.

"We have reduced seating in our waiting areas, hand sanitiser will be available at the door, and there will be no handling of paper forms.

 “We'll also be putting regular updates on our Facebook page as we respond to Scottish Government guidance.”

 During the week beginning 6th July 2020, the practice will prioritise patients with outstanding Urgent and Emergency care. Patients should call the practice on its usual number, 01851 704400.

 The reception staff will ask some simple questions about Coronavirus, to ensure all patients are seen safely.  Those callers with dental emergencies will be invited to attend the practice by appointment only.

Castleview is working in co-operation with the NHS Western Isles dental service, and some patients with more complex care may be referred to the Western Isles Dental Centre.

To help maintain safe social distancing, patients are asked to come as close to their appointment times as they can, and on their own, if possible, as seating in the waiting areas has been reduced.

From Monday 13th July 2020, the practice will also offer some additional services, and the dental staff will be able to offer personalised advice on what is available.

There will be further improvements in service as restrictions are lifted, and Castleview will offer updates on these changes as they happen.

Mr Kalvakuntla said: “We expect the next few weeks to be very busy, but want to reassure all our patients we are working towards a full service as quickly as Health Protection guidance allows.

"We will post regular updates through Facebook to keep patients up to date.”