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​New IPC guidance conflicts with dental appendix

21 April 2022

We are seeking clarity on conflicting information following a letter released by NHS England about revised UK IPC guidance. The letter states that the UK-wide dental appendix has been updated, however it still includes irrelevant covid screening questions about travel and isolation when this is no longer a legal requirement.

The appendix also includes conflicting information on physical distancing guidance. The letter states that the UK Health Service Agency support a return to pre-pandemic physical distancing in health care settings, however the dental appendix still reiterates social distancing guidance of at least one metre.

We are currently seeking clarity on the guidance and will keep you updated.