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Changes to Level II claims in Northern Ireland from today

Amendments have been made to the use of Item 30 in the Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR).

Item 30 allows dentists to claim fees for the use of Level II Personal Protective Equipment in the provision of Aerosol Generating Procedures.

In line with changes to the Infection Prevention Control (IPC) guidance in Northern Ireland, claims can only be made if and when Aerosol Generating Procedures (APG) are used when a patient has a known or suspected respiratory pathogen, and when an unacceptable risk of transmission remains following the Hierarchy of Controls risk assessment.

Guidance has been issued on what details need to be included on the patient record, observations and use of Level II PPE with no associated APG item of service.

The changes will be implemented from today.