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Covid – 19

As a practice we’re now in the second week of lock down and it’s very difficult to say when it will be lifted. Those of you who can work from home, life can continue with a degree of normality. However those who can’t work may find that the lack of a routine causes a loss of focus – you’re drifting as oppose to living as someone said to me. My staff & I have all felt the slow relentless tick of the clock with very little to fill that unforgiving minute. With that in mind I have listed a few activities that may help:

Learn a language:

This is probably one of the most useful things you can do to fill your time. It takes dedication but the results are worth it. Bellow are a few websites that you can explore. Most of them are free or offer the first few lessons at no charge.


Staying healthy:

This is even more important at this time – both physically and mentally. Below I have links to a few sites that patients have recommended as well as the correct way you should be washing your hands. All these sites can be easily found on YouTube along with many others if my recommendations aren’t to your liking.

  • The Body Coach with Joe Wicks. There is a 9.00am update every morning or you can catch up whenever you have the time via his You Tube channel
  • Yoga with Adriene. There are over 60 videos on her YouTube channel which target specific parts of the body or just improve your mental wellbeing
  • Hand-washing Steps Using the WHO Technique. Hopefully this will now be second nature to you by now but it does no harm to revise the technique.

Hand-washing Steps

Fresh Air:

Though we’re all meant to be staying indoors, the Government have said that going out for a walk not too far from home is permissible & healthy. Those of you who find going for a walk uninspiring, the following apps may encourage you to keep putting one foot in front of the other:

  • Audible have a huge library of books that can downloaded to listen whilst on your walk but they do make a charge. However they also have a number of free books that you could try before you decide to subscribe to the service. Their link is below:
  • Audible
  • BBC Sounds have a large number of radio shows/podcasts catering for all tastes. My favourite is Soul Music which picks a song or a piece of music and various people discuss why its important to them.

Get creative:

Creative activities are always a very therapeutic way to pass the time. Below I have selected links to sites that require no financial outlay and use items readily available in your home:

  • Drawing on the right side of the brain. I’ve always enjoyed drawing but found it frustrating that my efforts didn’t match what I was seeing. I was told that everyone could draw but you just need to train your brain to allow you to succeed. It’s simply a different way of looking at an object. You can buy the book written by Betty Edwards (Visit) or watch a student trying his hand at mastering the techniques: Visit
  • Origami can be a very relaxing and creative. There are many tutorials on the web but I’ve picked a link that is easy to follow: Visit

Explore the World from your armchair:

For those of you going stir crazy, there are a number of ways you can escape the four walls surrounding you and explore the world:

  • The magic of the Internet allows you to travel the world. I’ve pasted a link for New York but there are many other destinations you could explore. Youvisit
  • Visit the theatre. The National Theatre are putting on a new show every week.
  • Visit a museum. Most major museums allow you to go on a virtual tour not only in this country but also abroad. I’ve pasted a link to the British Museum (Visit) but you can also explore The National Gallery or go further afield to Paris’s Louvre or New York’s Guggenheim.
  • Visit a zoo and watch the animals via a Live webcam: Watch – You can watch a variety of animals from San Diego but remember the time difference.
    Watch. This website has webcams from a number of zoos

I hope that you’ve found some of these suggestions useful. I can’t say when life will return to normal but however long these restrictions may last I hope you all stay healthy both physically and mentally (and of course dentally!)

Gedling Dental Practice

9th April 2020

I don’t know about you but I’m being deluged by Covid 19 emails. Most of them I file under junk. If this is also your experience then I thank you for opening our email and reading this far. Hopefully you’ll find the rest interesting enough to carry on to the end.

For those who don’t like having their inbox cluttered then please follow us on Facebook. We recently opened a new Facebook page where we hope to share information and advice.
It’s almost three weeks into the lockdown and we’re slowly developing a new daily routine. Staying healthy and not getting too bored have been our main goals. We’ve been walking a lot more and exercising by watching fitness gurus take us through our paces. The fine weather has also meant a lot of gardening, its just a pity I can’t visit the garden centre to pick new plants.

We’ve also noticed that we’re spending a lot more time in the kitchen and our cooking habits have changed. Since we’re not able to visit the supermarket on a whim, we plan what we’re going to eat during the week and try and buy accordingly. This works well for the first few days but inevitably by the end of the week you’re left with tins/vegetables/meat that may not go together but somehow you have to cobble a meal from. As a result we’ve put together our “back of the cupboard” recipes that still bring a smile to the face of your loved ones without them reaching for the sick bucket.

I’ll let Lisa our dental nurse, go first….

Lisa’s simple pasta:

Hi Everyone, hope you are all safe and well, and keeping your spirits up

Here is a very simple pasta dish that my family love, my younger son is a very fussy eater and even he enjoys this dish. As a working mum I like to cook quick healthy meals but that are still full of flavour and a substantial meal for all the family.


  • 6 table spoons of oil (preferably olive oil, but not essential)
  • 2 medium chilies (less or more depending on your spice levels)
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • Handful of basil leaves finely chopped
  • Tin of chopped tomatoes (but I use passata sauce as my fussy son doesn’t like the tomato lumps)
  • Pasta (any pasta you have)


  • Heat the olive oil, add garlic and chilies to the pan, after about a minute add the basil and gently wilt them in the flavoured oil.
  • Add the tin of tomatoes or passata sauce to pan and simmer for around 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile cook the pasta
  • Once pasta is cooked drain off the water then add pasta to sauce, mix all together then serve
  • If you want, add some Parmesan

Hope you enjoy this very quick simple tasty dish
Take care, stay safe and see you soon Lisa

Elaine, who was the brainchild behind this newsletter, came up with a way to use up left over vegetables……

Elaine’s vegetable curry:

Last night I made the meal below; I am living with my parents who are 77 years old, my dad is a vegetarian (not by choice) and my mum hates anything spicy or garlicy!!! So you can see meal times can be a challenge.
I wanted to use up some of the vegies left in the fridge before they went off!


  • Patak’s tikka masala sauce (you can use any sauce for this recipe)
  • 3x medium potatoes
  • 2x medium carrots
  • 3x medium Kumara – New Zealand word for sweet potato
  • 1x large courgette
  • 1x pepper
  • 10x mushrooms
  • Handful of green beans
  • 10x radishes


  • Peel & dice the potatoes, Kumara and carrots. Spray a roasting dish with oil & put them in the oven for about 40-50minutes depending on your vegetable sizes.
  • When the roast vegies are about ready chop all the other vegies & stir-fry them until they are cooked but not soft, pour in the sauce out of your cupboard & heat up.
  • Fold in the roasted veggies in to the sauce
  • We didn’t need rice as there was plenty for us to eat, but if you need it to stretch to feed more then you could have rice, couscous or pasta with it, just use what’s in your cupboard.

5. You can use any vegies that you want to use up & add meat if you don’t want a vegie dish. Enjoy

Suresh’s left over sausage lasagna:

Now I grant you sausages are not usually left over in our fridge but we made this because 6 sausages wouldn’t feed a family of four. When you first read it you wouldn’t think it would be appetizing but if you try it I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised:


  • Oil, for frying
  • 6 sausages (any sausages will do but the flavoured ones taste better)
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 200g baby spinach
  • 500g spinach & ricotta ravioli (or any flavour you like)
  • 75g mixture of grated cheddar & parmesan cheese


  • Heat a drizzle of oil in a pan. Squeeze the sausage meat from the skins and fry until browned.
  • Add the tomatoes and half a can of water and season. Simmer for 20 mins.
  • Meanwhile, put the spinach in a colander. Pour over boiled water from the kettle to wilt. Leave to cool, then squeeze out as much of the excess water as you can.
  • Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  • Spoon a third of the sauce into a medium baking dish (about 18 x 20cm). Top with a third of the spinach and a third of the ravioli, then scatter over some of the cheese. Repeat the layers twice, making sure the final layer of ravioli is nestled into the sauce.
  • Bake for 35-40 mins until bubbling and hot all the way through. Cover if the top starts to get too dark.

Hopefully you’ve found some of our suggestions helpful.

Finally, Elaine has put together an Easter treat especially for those of you who gave up chocolate or alcohol (or both!) for Lent. We hope you enjoy.

Happy Easter to you all.

Elaine’s Easter Treat:

We don’t celebrate Easter normally in our house as we have no young kids, but this year after seeing this on TV we have decided that we are going to have a treat on Easter Sunday & have the drink below whilst we have a video chat with the whanau (family). Its times like this that we realise that we can’t visit our friends, go to the pubs or restaurants but with today’s technology you can still catch up with one another.

  • 100ml Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • 2 hollow Easter eggs (around 100g each)
  • 6 scoops vanilla ice cream (360ml)
  • 100ml double cream (whipped)
  • 20ml chocolate sauce
  • Toasted chopped hazelnuts and chocolate flakes to garnish
  • Extra toppings – mini eggs, mint leaves, raspberries or a macaroon

Step One:
Carefully crack off the tips of the Easter eggs. Consume any stray chocolate shards – no-one’s looking.
Step Two:
Blend the Baileys with the ice cream. Then pour it into the chocolate eggs.
Step Three:
Top with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, chopped nuts, mini eggs and chocolate sprinkles. There you have it – a simply eggcellent Easter Treat!

1rd May 2020

As I write there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel with the numbers of Covid cases having reached its peak and more testing being undertaken. I think there will still be a few more weeks of lockdown and we don’t envisage returning to work until late May/early June. We have planned to open longer hours to accommodate all those patients who have had problems or pay a monthly subscription to Practice Plan.

Fractured teeth/lost fillings:

Over the last few weeks I’ve been contacted by a number of patients who have lost fillings or fractured a tooth. Fortunately they weren’t in any pain but due to the current restrictions I wasn’t able to see them. To add insult to injury they found it difficult to get hold of any temporary filling material and were concerned that their tooth was going to deteriorate.

As a result of their predicament we decided that we would supply our registered patients with temporary filling kits and temporary glue to recement their crowns. These kits are available by contacting the practice via email ( or phoning 07711184064. They are free of charge to our registered patients and we will be adding a video to our Facebook page showing you how they can be used.

Gedling Dental Facebook Page

We added a few more videos on our Facebook page. One deals with mouth cancer, which may not be a subject you want to think about, but is important to check for nevertheless. I was inspired to post it because a lot of routine health checks have been cancelled and I didn’t want my patients who may have underlying problems, go unchecked.

Quiz Answers:

I have to apologise about last week’s quiz as I didn’t realise until it was sent that the formatting was wrong and you may not have been able to see all the questions. However those of you who did attempt to complete it will find the answers on our web page ( under the Covid 19 tab.

Can I also take to opportunity to thank John Tattersfield who recommended Hachette Audio on Soundcloud. A great source for learning to relax & meditate.

Finally I want to say that I hope you are all keeping well. Its been a strange few weeks and no doubt it will be a strange new world that we eventually return to. I hope you’ve managed to fill your time productively and its not dragged (well not too much). I’m on first name terms with my greenhouse and have made new friends with the laundry basket and washing machine. I have also been become an ardent fan of BBC Repair Shop ( . A gentle programme restoring keep sakes which may not have weathered the passage of time as well as they could.