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Vitaldent looks after Spain’s dental health in Covid-19 crisis

Clinic network keeps doors open to provide emergency cover and relieve pressure on the public health services during lockdown.

Owned clinics left open to provide emergency treatment
Spanish oral health group Vitaldent has been working to ensure emergency dental care is available to everyone who needs it during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since the Spanish Government declared a State of Alarm on March 14, the Advent portfolio company has worked to care for patients and help relieve pressure on public healthcare services.
Vitaldent kept 24 dental clinics open to provide urgent treatment during the coronavirus emergency – including at least one in each of Spain’s Autonomous Communities. This in-person care was supplemented by the provision of free telematic patient care for less urgent cases, delivered by corporate medical practitioners via Vitaldent’s Contact Center.
Lastly, the company made its entire network of Spanish clinics available to public authorities, for the provision of dental treatment and wider non-Covid-19-related healthcare services, as needed. In doing so, the company aimed to help reduce the volume of medical emergencies being treated at public hospitals and clinics, so those resources could be focused on Covid-19 patients.
On May 11, when most regions of Spain embarked on the first phase of loosening the emergency regulations, Vitaldent reopened all of its clinics in Spain. All Vitaldent clinics are now following a special post-Covid-19 safety protocol, designed to protect patients, staff and clinic equipment.
The precautions now in force include taking the temperature of all patients as they enter a clinic, maintaining a mandatory safety distance between people in waiting areas, and providing individual protective equipment for employees and patients to wear during appointments.
The ability to respond quickly, maintain essential services during the lockdown and reopen the entire network quickly and securely, is testament to the strength of the management team and employees of Vitaldent. They have worked tirelessly throughout to balance patient service with patient and employee safety.
Vitaldent is a leading dental services provider in Southern Europe, with an extensive network of clinics across Spain and Italy. Its Spanish operation comprises around 300 owned and franchised surgeries, the largest network in the market. The company offers a wider range of services, including general odontology, surgery and implants, endodontics, dental aesthetics, prosthesis orthodontics and paediatric dentistry. 

Five Spanish foundations benefit from Advent Global Relief Fund

Grants will support vital work in medical research, emergency food distribution and social care.


Hospital employees to be tested

In Spain, we have chosen five key organizations to receive financial support from the Advent Global Relief Fund.
The Fundación Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón is a foundation for biomedical research with around 1,100 scientific staff. Based at Spain’s largest hospital, the Gregorio Marañón in Madrid, it is a non-profit body that relies entirely on income from philanthropy, research grants, covenants, clinical trials and royalties. Advent’s donation will help in two critical areas: testing all the hospital’s 8,500 employees for Covid-19, and supporting research into how the virus is spread.
Aladina is a foundation that provides psychological support and financial assistance to children with cancer and their families – services that have been put under considerable strain by the coronavirus pandemic. Likewise, there has been increased demand on the Fundación Banco de Alimentos de Madrid. The non-profit organization collects food from suppliers, distributing it to charities that support some of the most disadvantaged people in the Spanish capital.
Caritas Española is the Catholic Church’s official organization in Spain for social relief, with a mission to help vulnerable and excluded people, irrespective of religious affiliation. It coordinates a global network of 70 local offices, 4,600 staff and around 83,000 volunteers which has allowed it to deliver relief to those who need it most, often as the first responder. The Charity has also launched the ‘Covid-19 Response Fund’ to coordinate its worldwide efforts. The fund will prioritize the provision of health care services in areas such as: prevention and control of infections, access to clean water and sanitation and the procurement of personal protective equipment.
Lastly, Fundación Mensajeros de la Paz is a non-profit foundation that aims to integrate Spain’s most vulnerable people into civil society. Its work includes protecting abandoned children, advocating for women who have been victims of violence, and caring for homeless and disadvantaged families – all areas which have become even more urgent since the outbreak of the pandemic. The foundation has expanded its services since the outbreak and has received donations from individuals, institutions, NGOs, politicians and companies like Advent. The donations will help give infected people a better standard of care and provide basic needs for the most vulnerable families.
Advent is also working with the management of portfolio company Vitaldent – a leading dental services provider in Spain – on further initiatives, with financial support from the Relief Fund.

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