PPE Update

PPE Update

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In line with government guidance, all PPE will be zero VAT rated. This applies from 1 May 2020 to 31 October 2020 - click here for more information.

  • PPE and infection control items are available for GDC-registered dentists only.
  • Expected delivery dates are for guidance only. They are not definitive and subject to change.
  • Please check back regularly for updates and log into your account to see live stock availability
  • Due to the current increase in demand and stock piling, all PPE and infection control items are non-returnable unless faulty or damaged upon receipt and reported within 48hrs of receipt. For FFP3, FFP2 and KN95 masks should the mask fail a fit test then any unopened boxes may be returned for credit. To qualify for a credit on these masks you must notify us of your intention to return the masks within 30 days of receipt.
  • Find out about FFP2/KN95 masks here.

 

Stock levels (as of 10.30am on 10/07/20)

PPE type Availability
Notes
Aprons In stock Supplied BY NHS supply Chain England for distribution to NHS and private practices in England only*
Contactless Thermometers In stock New Items due in mid-June 
Drapes In stock  
Gloves

In stock

Nitrile / Latex

Demand has surged in recent days. The supply chain for gloves is more stable than masks, and we don’t expect the same degree of pressure, assuming no changes in the production environment. 

Nitrile - Maximum order quantity of 10 boxes per week
All other - Maximum order quantity of 30 boxes per week
Gowns

NHS England - Out of stock

In stock

Supplied BY NHS supply Chain England for distribution to NHS and private practices in England only*

Maximum order quantity of 2 per practice per week.

Hand sanitiser

In stock

In stock - Dentigel 75 500ml (new version 75% alcohol)

Maximum order quantity of 5.
Masks - Type II In stock We anticipate elevated demand for months to come, although we expect our supply chain is likely to begin to loosen in the weeks ahead. Even so, expect shortages to persist. All delivery dates are not guaranteed.
Masks - Type IIR - Fluid resistant for non-AGPs In stock Maximum order quantity of 5 boxes.
We anticipate elevated demand for months to come, although we expect our supply chain is likely to begin to loosen in the weeks ahead. Even so, expect shortages to persist. All delivery dates are not guaranteed.
Masks FFP2  - Tight fitting 3M Aura Not currently available - Please keep checking back

Supplied BY NHS supply Chain England for distribution to NHS and private practices in England only*

Maxiumum order quanitity of 3 boxes.

We anticipate elevated demand for months to come, although we expect our supply chain is likely to begin to loosen in the weeks ahead. Even so, expect shortages to persist. All delivery dates are not guaranteed and we do not recommend you book a fit test until you have received your masks. 

Masks FFP2  (KN95) In stock Find out about FFP2/KN95 masks here 
Masks FFP3 In stock We anticipate elevated demand for months to come, although we expect our supply chain is likely to begin to loosen in the weeks ahead. Even so, expect shortages to persist. All delivery dates are not guaranteed and we do not recommend you book a fit test until you have received your masks. 
 Mask Earloop Expander Coming Soon - Please keep checking back  
Mouthwash Not currently available
Rubber Dam In stock Maximum order quantity of 5 boxes per week
Safety Goggles In stock  
Surface Sanitiser Liquid In stock Be careful when changing your surface sanitisers and how it may effect the surfaces in your practice ; such as upholstery, equipment and paintwork
Surface Sanitiser Wipes

In stock

Non-alcohol wipes have virucidal properties which make them effective on envelope viruses such as COVID-19.

 
Visors - Frame for standard drop In stock  
Visors - Standard drop In stock  
Visors - full face long drop In stock  From £1.49 each
Air Purifiers In stock  
Isovac dental isolation system In stock  

What PPE do I need to re-open my Practice?

The PPE requirements published so far by CDO EnglandCDO Walesthe Scottish governmentFGDP, the HPSC in the Republic of Ireland and Public Health England all broadly agree that enhanced PPE is required when carrying out dental procedures that produce more aerosol, and hence are considered more likely to spread Coronavirus. The table below shows which procedures are considered by these authorities to fall into each category. This table is for guidance only - appropriate PPE should be risk assessed based on the patient, procedure and environment, and you should check the latest information available from your regional health authority.

Procedure type Aerosol generating procedures (AGPs)

Considered to be a higher risk of Coronavirus transmission
Non-aerosol generating procedures (non-AGPs)

Considered to be a lower risk of Coronavirus transmission
Minimum PPE advised
Full face visor

FFP2/FFP3 respirator mask (must be fit-tested)

Single-use long sleeved fluid-repellent gown

Single use gloves

Consider hat and shoe covers (based on risk-assessment)

Scrubs, changed at least daily and washed at minimum 60C 
Eye protection (based on risk-assessment)

Type IIR fluid-resistant surgical mask

Single-use apron

Single-use gloves

Scrubs, changed at least daily and washed at minimum 60C
Examples Use of high speed handpieces

Use of Cavitron, Piezosonic or other
mechanised scalers

High pressure 3 in 1 air syringe

Air polishing

Opening teeth for drainage

Surgical extraction involving bone removal / sectioning
Clinical examinations (avoid initiating cough reflex)

Hand scaling with suction

Non-surgical extraction

Removable denture stages

Fissure sealant

Orthodontic repairs avoiding use of high-speed handpieces

 

It's worth noting that the definition of an AGP isn't totally clear cut. The BDIA feel that all dental procedures could be considered aerosol-generating to some extent, and FGDP point out that natural transmission of viral infection is always possible (through an infected person coughing, sneezing, talking or just breathing) so it's up to the clinician to determine the most appropriate PPE based on the risk factors involved: type of procedure, level of aerosol generated, length of time of procedure, and use of mitigating factors such as rubber dam and high volume aspiration.

Fit Testing

Tightfitting FFP2 and FFP3 respirators require fit testing by a qualified professional. You can book your fit tests (and fit test training) through Dakatra, a new Henry Schein Business Solutions partner. Visit our Business Solutions website and click on ‘Training Services’.

A fit test should be repeated whenever there is a change to the RPE type, size, model or material or whenever there is a change to the circumstances of the wearer that could alter the fit of the RPE. Therefore please ensure that you have received physical stock of your masks before you book your fit testing. 

Pricing
Please be aware that any recent price changes are a direct result of increased costs from our manufacturers. This is due to increased raw material costs and increased air freight costs to meet the heightened supply requirements of the medical and dental profession during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Public Sector and Corporate customers who hold a fixed Contract with Henry Schein Dental shall be notified as required of any Pandemic related price increases.

Unfortunately, this is unavoidable. PPE and infection control items will be impacted the greatest and prices will fluctuate for the short term due to the current trading environment and immense pressure on the entire supply chain. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We aim to be open and honest and keep you updated as changes happen. We appreciate your business and are committed to supporting you to deliver essential healthcare to your patients.

We expect relief from the price pressure when all can return to normal. Stay safe.

Backorder information

Please be aware that backorder products on customer’s accounts have been canceled during this period to prevent them being sent out to practices that are closed. If you wish to re-order these products, please contact a member of the Sales team on 0800 023 2558.

*We have received some stock from Public Health England for supply to NHS and private dental practices in order to help NHS and private ENGLAND practices.

Public Health England (PHE) have provided a limited stock to 4 wholesale dealers as this was the fastest way to get the materials to dentists. NHS dentists will have received a letter today informing them that this stock is available from today. The stipulation from PHE is that this stock can only be sold to NHS and private England practices. 

Therefore we have 3 items that are for sale to NHS and private England practices ONLY. All other PPE and Non-PPE items are available to ALL customers< as usual.