Covid-19 Advice

Covid-19 Advice

We also encourage members to log on to the HPSC website for regular updates and for further resources, posters and notices which can be downloaded.

Click on the topic below to see the latest information and guidance:


HPSC Dental Guidance

Guidance on Managing Infection Related Risks in Dental Services - 15 May 2020

IDA COVID-19 Patient Flow Essential Dental Care - 5 April 2020

IDA Position re HPSC Guidance - 5 April 2020

Guidance on Managing Infection Related Risks in Dental Services in the Context of the COVID-19 Emergency - 3 April 2020

IDA Submission to HPSC clinical advisory group - 18 March 2020

Submission on behalf of the Cork Dental School, Dublin Dental School, Dental Council and Irish Dental Association - 19 March 2020

Supplementary IDA submission to the HPSC - 22 March 2020


Guidance from the HSE National Oral Health Office

NOHO Essential Dental Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

NOHO Preparation for Essential Care

COVID-19 Contingency planning for containment, delay and mitigation phases for HSE Dental and Orthodontic Services

NOHO Risk Assessment Pathway Covid-19

NOHO Intermim Protocol Environmental Cleaning

NOHO Identification of Isolation Room

Previous Guidance issued February 2020 - click here to download


Dental Council

The Dental Council has announced (May 16th) that dentists can now resume provision of treatments other than emergency treatments subject to compliance with new safeguards.

The Dental Council's statement reads as follows:

"The Minister for Health has announced that dental practices can open from 18 May subject to adherence to the HPSC guidelines on Managing Infection Related Risks in Dental Services.

"The Dental Council welcomes the easing of the restrictions and it commends the HPSC guide to the profession as the authoritative national advice on managing a return to a more routine form of dentistry. The measures are important to ensure safety in the dental surgery and to provide an assurance to patients that it is safe for them to attend their dentist.

"The Dental Council would like to thank all dental health care professionals for their commitment to providing safe clinical care in what is an unprecedented situation. The Council recognises this continues to be worrying and stressful time for all members of the dental team."

Advice for patients during COVID-19 Pandemic

Addendum to Dental Council's Code of Practice on Infection Prevention and Control

Dental Council Statement on Emergency Care


Other Useful Information

World Health Organisation

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

ADA Coronavirus Center for Dentists

Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme - Management of Acute Dental Problems during COVID-19 Pandemic (30 March 2020)


Guidance for Employers & Self Employed

The following guidance and measures are the most up to date information from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and from legal experts. For further information please click here to go to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Government Return to Work Protocol

Important Update re Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment for Self-Employed

Employer options for payments during Covid-19 Pandemic


Business Supports / Continuity

Government supports for businesses impacted by COVID-19

Business Continuity Planning: Checklist of preparatory actions in responding to COVID-19

Income Protection

IDA letter to Minister for Finance seeking urgent assistance for dentists arising from the current Covid-19 outbreak


Information for Public Dental Surgeons

Redeployment Circular

COVID-19 FAQs for the Public Health Service

HSE guidelines for healthcare workers in the Covid-19 pandemic

HSE helpline and occupational health guidance for staff during Covid-19

Memo on Overtime

Memo on Annual Leave


Mental Health Concerns

Covid 19 : What to do if we are concerned - document prepared by the HSE Heads of Psychology Services

Practitioner Health Matters – confidential service or health professionals in Ireland who may have mental health issues such as stress, anxiety or burnout