The General Dental Council (GDC) has approved new legislation that will enable patients to have direct access to a dental hygienist.
While in the past dentists usually referred a patient to a dental hygienist, the regulations – which came into force on May 1st – means those wishing to see a hygienist can now book an appointment directly without consent from their dentist.
The GDC believes the new system will allow patients to have better access to oral health so they can easily receive treatment for services such as cleaning, scale and polish and root planing. In this way, the council says patients can reduce their risk of decay and gum disease and ensure that teeth remain at their highest standard.
Chair of the GDC, Kevin O’Brien, said: “This decision has been made with patient safety as an utmost priority. Registrants treating patients directly must only do so if appropriately trained, competent and indemnified.”
He added that hygienists now also have a duty to ensure there are adequate onward referral arrangements in place and they must make clear to the patient the extent of their scope of practice and not work beyond it.
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Posted by Yvonne Wallace