Our COVID-19 safety tariff
At Bupa Dental Care, the health, wellbeing and safety of our patients, their families and our people is our priority and always will be. In line with Public Health England Operating Procedures (which cover all UK nations), dentists must continue to take enhanced safety measures in the ongoing pandemic.
Dentistry has more close contact and is higher risk than other industries. As the dentist is working inside your mouth and COVID-19 is most likely transmitted via tiny droplets from your nose and mouth, dental staff must wear enhanced PPE, particularly for treatments that generate aerosols. This means a mist of fine particles produced by high-speed dental instruments, which contains water, saliva and, in an infected patient, virus particles.
While our clinical teams have always worn PPE, the increased global demand for this equipment means that supplier costs have gone up significantly. Additionally, there are enhanced cleaning requirements and broader staff utilisation of PPE than before the pandemic and, for treatments that generate an aerosol such as drilling and scaling, further enhanced PPE is required.
We’ve taken the decision to charge a safety tariff for aerosol generating procedures, rather than include it in the price of your treatment. This is because we believe the additional safety requirements mandated by Public Health England will be removed over the coming months and we want to eliminate this cost for our patients when it’s no longer required.
We want to assure you that Bupa does not make a profit from this tariff. The entire tariff goes towards the increased cost of enhanced PPE and the additional cleaning in practice.
We are committed to keeping the tariff to a minimum and will remove it when we can. We have already reduced it three times since it came into effect in June 2020. We hope you understand that to keep our practices open and to be able to provide you with COVID-safe dental treatment, we must ensure that we follow all guidelines.