Letter to our Patients

March 16, 2020

Dear Patients,

The safety and health of our patients and staff is critical to the fundamental values of our dental healthcare practice:

With the Covid – 19 changing our landscape on an hourly basis – we are committed to following the guidelines and protocol outlined by our mandatory health authorities.

Our first correspondence: Thursday March 12, 2020 4:30 pm our BC Dental Association sent out an email:

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As of March 16 2020, 1:30 pm a message was sent out from our College of Dental Surgeons of BC indicating all Elective and NON-Essential dental services to be suspended immediately.

“In the words of the Prime Minister: exceptional circumstances are calling for exceptional measures and it is time to take every precaution to keep people safe.”

In alignment with today’s direction from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, CDSBC is now able to offer a list of guidelines.

As an entire dental office: we have immediately followed CDSBC’s recommendations regarding the provision of dental care and PDC attendees self-isolation.

Here at Dr. Erin J. Shave Inc., we adhere to the strict Health Canada and Fraser Valley Health Authority guidelines and our CDSBC Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) standards on sterilization and infection control. We have followed all the recommendations to date: to further mitigate the risk of potential cross – contamination, we have all surfaces in and out of operators, door handles and patient waiting room areas thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, hand sanitizer readily available in all areas.

On a personal note, questions have been asked about my attendance at the PDC 2020. I did attend the PDC this year at the Vancouver Convention Centre and was not present at the venue during 2 – 4 pm on Friday March 6 between 2 -4 pm and did not attend on Saturday, March 7 at all. To date I have had no signs or symptoms of any illness. I am following the recommendation from BC Ministry of Health and Dr. Bonnie Henry to self isolate until March 22, 2020.

I am wishing you all health to you and your families during this very difficult and ever-changing time.

Sincerely,
erin
Dr. Erin J. Shave, BSc, DMD
Dr. Erin J. Shave Inc.
Email: drerin@drerinshave.ca
Phone: 604-986-3358

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