Dear Patients

We do hope you are keeping well and remaining safe during these difficult times. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by COV-19, and we appreciate for some, it is a very trying and frightening time, which is why if any of our patients are unsure of anything or just want a friendly voice to talk to, then please don’t hesitate to call us.  We are here to help as best as we can.  We pride ourselves on being part of the Codsall community and we think it is important for us to stick together during this time.

We thank you for all your lovely messages of concern for us and for your continued support 

Stay safe and well

The Treetops Team

 

A heartfelt message from Louise, our Treetops Practice Manager 

In December 2019 I joined the Treetops team and hand on heart I could not have asked to be a part of such a welcoming, caring and professional group of people.  Who would ever have thought that within the first four months we would be standing 2 metres apart from each other everywhere we went, there would be toilet roll wars in the supermarket, pubs & restaurants closed, and everyone  being advised to STAY AT HOME in order to STAY SAFE.  On top of all this, the very notion that Dentists would not be allowed to see their patients face to face would have been laughed at!  However, this is where we are and it is all to help protect us so we can all enjoy a life once we reach the other side of this virus.  How quickly our life can change! 

I thought it prudent to briefly explain how Treetops are supporting their patients.  For every patient who has a query, dental question, problem or suffering pain we are at the end of the phone.   We provide advice and support daily to patients and should they need, we have a Dentist who is on call daily to consult with patients over the telephone; advising, prescribing and for severe urgent cases  referring to the newly opened Urgent Dental Centres.   In summary, we may not be able to see you at The Treetops Practice yet be assured we are here to support you as much as we possibly can and this is because  you are our patients and we pride ourselves on the principle that ‘our patients come first’.

Finally, I have personally had some amazing chats with some of you; your humour, your stoicism and your resilience has been inspiring.  We would also like to say thank you from the bottom of our heart for your kind messages of concern for us, for your understanding of our current situation and for your appreciation of our help.  We are looking forward to seeing and treating you all in the near future.  Until then Treetops wish you good health, positive mind sets and sunny days. 

Stay home and stay safe 

Louise 

 
COOKING WITH KIDS DURING LOCKDOWN IDEAS 

World day cookies
Yields 18, prep time 5 minutes, cooking time 30 minutes 

INGREDIENTS
1 (17.5-oz.) bag sugar cookie mix, plus ingredients called for on the pack or make cookies of your own recipe.
6 drops blue and green food colouring

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375º and line two baking sheets with parchment. Prepare sugar cookie mix according to package directions. Place about 1/4 of dough in one bowl and dye green using green food coloring until desired color is reached. Dye remaining dough blue until desired color is reached. 
  2. Pull out pieces from each color and start shaping into a 1″ ball, patching if necessary to create an Earth effect.
  3. Place cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets and bake 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges are set (try to prevent browning).
 
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Banana split pops
Yields 8, prep time 15 minutes, cooking time 2hrs 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS
4 bananas
8 lollipop sticks
1 1/4 c. Chocolate chips
1. tbsp. Coconut oil
1/2 c. Sprinkles
whipped cream for serving
8 cherries

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
  2. Cut the ends off of each banana to level the sides, then cut in half. Insert a popsicle stick into each banana piece and place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 2 hours. 
  3. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and coconut oil and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted. Pour sprinkles into another small bowl. 
  4. Dip the top of each frozen banana in chocolate, then roll the melted chocolate tip around in sprinkles. Return to baking sheet and freeze until the chocolate is firm, about 15 minutes.
  5. Top each pop with whipped cream and garnish with maraschino cherry.
 

Handy tips for home workers trying to entertain their children during quarantine

The spread of the coronavirus is forcing working parents to work from home nationwide. If you are struggling to stay productive while working from home, these tips may help.

Quality time

Renee Belbeck, a work at home mum discovered a simple rule when her children were toddlers: “If I gave them a little quality time, I’d get two hours to work.” She says the rule still holds true, even though her children are now 10 and 6.

Other little tips …set aside a few cool toys that your kids can play with only whilst you work.  Plan something fun for after you finish work…If your children have something to look forward to, they’ll be less likely to interrupt you. 

Plan for Interruptions

Every working from home parent has a similar horror story: They are on an important call, their toddler wants to watch Elmo or is suddenly starving, and their boss is left listening to a whining child.  Hit the mute button during conference calls to avoid any unexpected yells of “Mummy or Daddy!” in the background.

Give your child a nonverbal “Do not disturb” when you need quiet time, yet make it fun. Perhaps you could wear a tiara when you’re on the phone.  If you have an office door, tie a red ribbon on it when you’re not to be disturbed. This tactic is best for older kids; toddlers won’t understand that they can’t always have your undivided attention. If your toddler is fussing while you’re on the phone, be honest with your caller, end the call and reschedule. 

Understanding Employers

Most importantly, remember these are unprecedented times, a decent employer should understand the immense pressure we are all under and make allowances, targets should no longer be the forefront of everyone’s minds when just getting through to tomorrow is an accomplishment, if you feel you are struggling reach out. 

 

We wanted to add an air of positivity to our Lockdown edition, so please enjoy our…

…. A-Z of Positive Habits!

Attitude

You carry it with you at all times, it is constantly on display, it affects both you and those around you, it has no shape, size or colour – what is it? ……YOUR ATTITUDE!!!!

A POSITIVE ATTITUDE CREATES POSITIVE RESULTS!!!!

Back to Basics

The simple things in life give us the most pleasure.  Make time to enjoy some of the simple pleasures in life.  For example, catch up with an old friend, read a good book, indulge in a long bubble bath, laugh out loud.

Choice

Life is all about choices.

You can complain because the weather is rainy or ….you can choose to be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free

You can wish that you had more money or… you can choose to be glad that your finances encourage you to plan your purchases wisely and guide you away from waste!!!

Don’t worry about the past

Carrying your negative emotional baggage requires energy that could be put to a much better use.  Say goodbye to it, let it go and get on with enjoying your life.

Enthusiasm

This is contagious.  Be a carrier, pass it on and enjoy the results

Focus

Focus on the goal not the obstacles.  Obstacles develop you.

Give

Give with honesty; take with gratitude, love with loyalty.

Hunt

Hunt out opportunities and happiness, they will not just appear.  

Investigate

Investigate your ideas, it allows you to make informed decisions.

Judge 

Judge not, we tend to judge others by our own conditioning, take time out to understand others actions, before developing an opinion.

Kindness

Kindness arrives in many forms, a smile, a thank you, an approving nod, be as kind to yourself as you are to others.

Learn 

Learning from our achievements and our mistakes creates personal and professional prosperity.

………….…M-Z in next month’s edition.

Employment Advice Links

There are a lot of hero employers taking the lead at the moment, unfortunately we have also seen there are reports that some employers are confused about their rights during this time, if you feel you need to check your employee rights we have included a link below for acas. 

Acas gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice. In some situations they maybe able to offer to help with disputes. 

Also use this link to answer any questions you might have in general regards to covid-19 

Chapters on their website to include:

– Staying at home and social distancing

– Vulnerable people and those at high risk 

– Self isolation and sick pay

– Furlough and if a workplace has to close 

– Using holiday 

– If an employee needs time off work to look after someone 

– If someone has coronavirus symptoms at work
– Good  practice steps for employers 

– More coronavirus advice 

https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

 

 

Coronavirus And Your Wellbeing

Having searched the internet for help with mental health during this time, we have come across the charity Mind (for better mental health)

MIND gives fantastic, reliable and accurate advice if anyone is struggling at the moment:

You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people.

You might feel this time is difficult or stressful, but with the help of MIND there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.

This information is to help you cope if you would like advice on any of the following:

– You are feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus

– You are staying at home and avoiding public places. 

– Following Government advice that we should stay at home as much as possible

– You are self isolating because you, or someone you live with, has symptoms of Coronavirus

– Self-isolating means that you stay home and keep away from other people

– Practical advice for staying at home

– Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing

– Support for work, benefits and housing

– Checklist for staying at home

Website address is: www.mind.org.uk

 

We felt this poem may sum up how some people feel at times, yet as always positivity wins the day!!!!

A Lockdown Journey

I wake and feel afraid, of what today will bring

Of deadly demons deep inside, sad and sorrow things

My mind begins to race, down a rocky rugged road

And should I carry on, a lock there be, no code

I’ve been there many times before, it drains the life from me

So now I have a choice, do I stay or do I flee?

Today I do decide, that life is more than that

I choose to look for happy times for today and from the past

And do you know what I did find, an array of happy things

A sky that’s full of life and birds that chirp and sing

That friend who thinks the world of me, no matter what I say

And a world and life that I do like and will decide to stay 

Because I changed my thought process, I saw a different me

One that could, with positive thoughts be happy and be free

My glass is now half full and my attitude is right

And when I wake and I’m afraid, I choose to stay and fight

My road is very different now; it’s the one that’s best for me

With a future that is filled with hope and a me that’s fun to be

So even though this virus, has changed my life in many ways 

I choose to love all I have and appreciate my days

And once this cloud has lifted and our freedom is restored

I will wake up smiling, proud as punch, at all I did endure

❤️

 

Stay safe, stay well and we will see you all soon

From us all at Treetops Dental Surgery

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