As restrictions begin to ease and your patients resume normal activities such as coming to your practice for treatment or a check-up, thought must be given to how social distancing will affect parts of your practice – such as your waiting room.

It is understandable that your patients will be hesitant to wait in the traditional sense for fears around physical distancing and possible infection will still be highly relevant. Accommodating these concerns will translate into your patient feeling cared for and help to lessen additional anxiety.

Hand sanitisers must be available and clearly signed in all high traffic areas, and it would be highly recommended to set up your waiting room into stations, separating chairs with minimal 1.5 metres between areas. Your patients will respond positively to the time and care you take to address these concerns.