So my day always starts with the alarm going off at 6:45, snooze is pressed several times before surfacing roughly about 7 o’clock.
I make my way downstairs make myself a coffee and pour myself some cereal at this point I also feed my two cats Oscar and Pablo as I can’t have breakfast without them!
7:10 I’ll jump in the shower then its good morning Britain on the telly whilst I finish my coffee and apply my make up for the day.
7.40 it’s back downstairs where I make my lunch to take with me a quick tidy round then jump in the car for 8 o’clock and set off on my journey to work.
I arrive at work for roughly 8.30, we all usually start arriving at the same time and we head for the changing room and don our scrubs ready for the day.
We then make our way to our surgeries where we begin setting up starting with washing our hands thoroughly applying gloves and wiping down all surface’s chairs and the dental unit, we also thoroughly flush through all the dental chair lines with purified and treated water.
We get the dentist, patient and our own personal protective equipment out ready for use.
David the endodontic specialist I’m working with for the day arrives and the most important thing is that he has his cup of tea waiting for him, he always stresses the importance of keeping him hydrated throughout the day so any little opportunity and the kettle is on and maybe a sneaky biscuit!
I make sure all the instruments and equipment that we need for the day’s session are ready so everything is prepared ready for the days patients.
The patients arrive usually before 9am and greeted by our lovely receptionists ready to fill out a full medical history and questionnaire they then head up to the patient lounge and await their appointment.
I collect the patient data list and consent forms ready to call the 1st patient through from the lounge at 9 am ready to start the first endodontic treatment of the day.
I always ask the patients how they are and if they’ve had a pleasant journey over to the practice as that is the start of their patient journey and experience.
They are then greeted by David at the door as we enter the surgery with a very friendly smile and warm welcome, our main objective is to ensure the patient feels happy and comfortable throughout their treatment.
Me and David have a great working relationship which tends to put the patient’s at ease throughout the appointment overcoming any initial nervousness or anxiety they may have been experiencing.
Once the endodontic treatments are over, I escort the patients down the stairs to the girls at reception to complete their patient journey.
I then thoroughly clean down the surgery and transport all dirty instruments to our decontamination room where the decontamination nurse is gowned up in full personal protective equipment ready to start the decontamination process.
If there is a small gap between the patient arriving and their appointment time at this point, I may be able to squeeze in another quick cup of tea for me and David and another biscuit. Chewing sugar free gum after of course to neutralise those acids!!
I will then prepare the surgery for the next procedure ensuring all sterile instruments and equipment is ready and set up for the next patients arrival.
We have lunch mid-afternoon where we all get together and discuss the latest events work and world wise and possibly discuss some of the soaps from the previous night!
By the time lunch is over we’re all ready and refuelled to start the afternoon session.
At 5.15 the day is finally closing to an end and the surgery is fully wiped down and disinfected. All stock within the surgery is topped up and replenished and sterilised instruments are returned and put away ready for the next day.
5.30 we are changed and ready to leave and make our journey home.
I will usually ring my mum for a catch up on the way home which is a lovely way to end the day.
I get home around 6pm by which time I am more than ready for my tea and feet up and watch the evening soaps.
It’s always a busy day from start to finish but the patient journey is what makes the job all worthwhile and working as part of an amazing team 🙂