Lena qualified from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1991. She commenced hospital based Oral and Maxillofacial training and obtained the Fellowship in Dental Surgery in 1994. She entered the GDC Specialist Register in Oral Surgery in 2004. Lena has worked in many hospital settings carrying out all procedures in Oral Surgery. She also ran an Oral Surgery Unit in Sydney, Australia and was formerly a lecturer at St Bartholomew’s, Royal London Hospital and at Whipps Cross University Hospital where she clinically supervised postgraduates. Lena has also been involved with teaching via an e-learning platform. In 1996, Lena established an Oral Surgery referral service in Docklands with Tower Hamlets PCT. Her referral base covers approximately 30 practices. She is a member of the British Association of Oral Surgeons and is currently completing a Diploma in Implant Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons (Eng).
Dr Lena Vakil
Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
The Chief Dental Officer (CDO MARCH 2020) has released a statement :
ALL DENTAL PRACTICES IN THE UK HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO:
- Cease all care of anyone who is classed as non urgent and stop all procedures that generate aerosols.
- Dental Practices - the staff are at high risk of contracting the virus from the public and should only offer a dental service if they have the resources and the PPE.
At Hoddesdon Dental Surgery, until further notice, we will be stopping ALL Dental Care - from WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK (25th March 2020).
We strongly advise patients to avoid seeking dental assistance until the virus has been controlled and practice self isolation for their own and others safety.
IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING FOR EXAMPLE : then wait until the dental practice reopens :
Routine care such as a dental check up and hygiene treatment
Fillings and other treatments that are not urgent .
- Mild or moderate pain: that is, pain not associated with an urgent care condition and that responds to pain-relief measures
- Minor dental trauma
- Post-extraction bleeding that the patient is able to control using self-help measures
- Loose or displaced crowns, bridges or veneers
- Fractured or loose-fitting dentures and other appliances
- Fractured posts
- Fractured, loose or displaced fillings
- Treatments normally associated with routine dental care
- Bleeding gums
- ORTHODONTICS/ INVISALIGN OR COSMETIC OR IMPLANT WORK
WHAT IS CLASSED AS A DENTAL EMERGENCY?
Dental emergencies include:
- Trauma including facial/oral laceration and/or dentoalveolar injuries, for example avulsion of a permanent tooth
- Oro-facial swelling that is significant and worsening
- Post-extraction bleeding that the patient is not able to control with local measures
- Dental conditions that have resulted in acute systemic illness or raised temperature as a result of dental infection
- Severe trismus
- Oro-dental conditions that are likely to exacerbate systemic medical conditions such as diabetes (that is lead to acute decompensation of medical conditions such as diabetes)
PLEASE NOTE – YOU WlLL NOT BE SEEN BY THE EMERGENCY DENTAL SERVICE OR BY OUR DENTAL STAFF AT HODDESDON DENTAL SURGERY IF YOU DO NOT FALL INTO THESE CATEGORIES.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU DO FALL INTO A DENTAL EMERGENCY CATEGORY THAT CAN NOT WAIT :
- Contact the practice on 01992 462 043
We are running a phone triage system and will have to filter those that we can and cannot see.
- Contact NHS 111 services if you cannot wait for the practice to get back to you.
(it may take upto 48 hours for us to get back to you as we will be dealing with other emergencies)
NO HIGH RISK PATIENT WILL BE SEEN AT HODDESDON DENTAL SURGERY:
- All high risk or infected patients can find out the local high risk dental centre by calling NHS 111 (where special facilities have been set up)