NHS Borders say its dentists will start returning to work on Monday (June 22).

It comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's announcement that Scotland has entered phase two of the route out of lockdown.

The local health board says its dental practices will initially only offer urgent care.

The statement from NHS Borders

NHS Borders issued a written statement on June 19.

It reads: "NHS dental practices in the Scottish Borders will start to gradually re-open from 22nd June for urgent dental care only.

"NHS dental practices will not be able to offer a full range of treatment at this time.

"Please telephone your dental practice before attending as treatment will only be available by pre-arranged appointment following telephone triage.

"During the call you will be advised of the most appropriate treatment which may include a face to face appointment at your practice if they are open; staff will advise you of the arrangements they have in place.

"Your practice will seem quite different on reopening with strict social distancing and hygiene measures in place.

"Practice staff will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) which will include a mask, full face visor, gloves and a polythene apron to keep everyone safe.

"If are not registered with a dentist or if your NHS dental practice has not yet re-opened and you are deemed to require urgent dental care you will be advised of your nearest urgent dental care centre.

"NHS Borders Dental Helpline is also currently open 7 days/week 8am-6pm on 0845 300 0930 for advice regarding urgent dental problems.

"Out of hours telephone NHS 24 on 111."

What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus

NHS Borders states: "Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild, should self-isolate for 7 days.

"Those aged five or over with symptoms should be tested which can be booked online at nhsinform.scot/coronavirus or by calling 0800 028 2816 if you can’t get online.

"The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are new:

• continuous cough

• Fever / high temperature (37.8C or greater)

• Loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia)"

Full guidance and information is available on NHS Inform’s coronavirus page