In order to avoid any risk of infection, the receptionist or dental nurse should inform the patient that the forms are being signed on their behalf during the Covid-19 pandemic. The receptionist or dental nurse must sign the form and state ‘Signed on behalf of the patient due to COVID 19’. This will ensure that if the patient records are reviewed in the future it will not be questioned why the patient did not sign the forms.

This extension has been in place since since 1 November 2020 and has been extended for a further two months until 31 August 2021.