The following is an announcement on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care:
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has increased order limits on the PPE Portal. Dentists and Orthodontists in England can order PPE through the PPE Portal, free of charge, to meet the increased need that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (the portal was previously an emergency top-up system). Infection rates are rising in the UK and winter is approaching. If you have not done so already, we urge you to register with the PPE Portal and order your COVID-19 PPE free of charge. The DHSC has partnered with the NHS and the e-commerce industry to develop this service in order to ensure that those on the frontline have what they need. The overriding priority is to protect people and our wider communities, thereby reducing infections and saving lives. We must make sure everyone has the PPE they need so please do play your part in this collective effort.
Currently, the Dental sector can order aprons, gloves, Type IIR masks, visors and hand hygiene to meet their COVID-19 PPE requirements, all free of charge, through the PPE Portal. The DHSC will be adding gowns to the PPE Portal imminently and the intention remains to add respirators onto the portal so please be assured that this is also being kept firmly in view.
If you have not already registered, you can use your email address used in communications with the NHSBSA to do so on the PPE Portal website.
The DHSC will also be re-inviting practices that are yet to register during the week commencing 12 October. Emails will come from PPE Dedicated Supply Channel (please note this email address does not accept incoming emails): firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest guidance, including order limits for dentists and orthodontists of varying sizes, can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Guidance on order limits for dentists (those who self-identify as the majority of their activity undertaken being dental) can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Guidance on order limits for orthodontists (those who self-identify as the majority of their activity undertaken being orthodontic) can be found on the GOV.UK website.
The DHSC keeps order limits under review to ensure that these reflect the latest public health guidance, COVID-19 demand modelling, analysis and customer feedback. You should not use the portal to order PPE for non-COVID-19 requirements.
Call the customer service team on 0800 876 6802 if you have any questions about using the PPE portal (including, for example, about registration, ordering and if you think you should have been invited but have not been). The team is available from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week, to help resolve your queries.