Coronavirus: Update regarding current Dental Services

Updated March 2021

Update from the Practice Principal

I would like to update you on our progress in providing dental services. In
January 2021, we made a collective decision in the dental surgery to try and
see more patients for routine dental care; having finally got a good flow of
PPE in place, vaccinations for the dental team and the start of vaccination
roll out for our patients.

Unfortunately, our waiting rooms are small, so to maintain social distancing
we have designed a system where we ask you to stay in your car until the
appointment time, but please telephone us to let us know that you are
waiting outside. We are required to operate on a locked door policy and will
admit you for your appointment only. We are hoping with the expected
relaxation of social distancing measures in June, that we can revert back to
an open-door policy with waiting room facilities.

We are still having to rearrange many patient appointments due to social
distancing and cross infection measures that are carried out between patients.
We continue to invite those patients with genuine dental concerns to email
the practice on reception@southcavedentalsurgery.co.uk
We care for approximately 23,000 dental patients. We cannot see you all
immediately, so please have patience.

I now turn to a subject that saddens me. My team, dentists and nurse alike,
have worked throughout the pandemic. We have not had any rest or closed
being an Urgent Dental Care Centre from the start of the Covid Pandemic.
The fear of treating patients for the dental team, during this period (who we
have had to treat all as assumed covid positive) has been palpable at times
and very stressful. We now have more rigorous infection prevention
procedures, more difficult masks to wear during certain dental treatments,
and in addition air change systems to run.

I now beg of you to be polite and understanding to my staff as we ask you
covid questions, or ring to make/amend your appointments. My staff are
tired, battered, but still trying to give an excellent service; but daily they
receive abuse.

During the Covid pandemic, because of our strict policies, South Cave
Dental Surgery has not had to close for any deep cleans, our patients have been treated and our staff and patients have been kept safe. Please be kind
and considerate to all my staff.

Thank you
Mrs Caroline Bolland

If you are calling outside of normal hours and have an urgent dental problem, please consider if this could wait until the following day or over the weekend rather than accessing the out of hours services. 

If calling out of hours and the problem is extremely severe please contact the out of hours service through NHS111.

If your dental problem includes uncontrolled bleeding and a swelling that is causing breathing problems this is an emergency and you should go to A&E


Welcome to South Cave Dental Surgery. We are currently accepting new patients, both adults and children, either on the NHS, privately or through Denplan. Take your time and have a good look round the site. We aim to offer top quality, affordable dental care for the whole family; from nine-months to ninety.

Our opening hours have been temporarily changed:

  • Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday – closed

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The Practice


We opened (wide) in 1984. From a single surgery run on a part-time basis the practice just grew and grew. We are today one of the largest dental practices in the East Riding caring for the dental needs of around eighteen thousand people. We employ a large team of dental care professionals; nine dentists, one therapist, two dental hygienists and a full time practice manager all of whom rely on the tireless support of a small and dedicated army of nurses and receptionists.

All the team adhere strictly to the code of practice described in the General Dental Council‘s publication “Standards for Dental Professionals”.

Our Philosophy of Care

Can be summarised in just three words. Prevention, prevention and prevention. We believe that both tooth decay and gum disease, the major causes of tooth loss, are essentially preventable. This can only be achieved through regular check-ups, good communication and a friendly, caring, team based approach. We aim to treat each person as an individual, respectfully and non-judgementally.