Ayr: St Columba Church


PLEASE NOTE: All the following information has been approved
by people with the necessary expertise.
Also – please be aware that any information may change daily due to current circumstances.

  • WASH YOUR HANDS frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue
  • PLAN AHEAD based on your situation
  • STAY UP TO DATE using trusted sources of information. Try not to be confused by misinformation on Facebook or other media platforms


Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible. Use home delivery services where possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

The measures will be reviewed on a daily basis – listen to the TV news bulletins’

Shops that will remain open fall into the following categories
Pet Shops
Hardware stores
Post Office

BINS:  South Ayrshire Council will be uplifting everything except the brown garden bins until further notice.

Remember when doing simple things such as taking the bins back in after they’re emptied to WASH YOUR HANDS.  Bin Men touch up to 2000 bins each day so take care.

With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Dental Practices are closed and unable to see any patients. The following advice may help if you have dental problems during the period of isolation..

There are a lot of conditions that don’t require urgent attention. Here is a list of common problems we see and what you can do to help.

Regular painkillers if you need them. Good oral hygiene with a fluoride toothpaste and reducing your intake of sugary foods will help ensure any decay won’t get worse

Bleeding after extractions
Apply pressure to the socket. Bite on a clean handkerchief or cloth – not tissue paper, for 30 minutes. If this doesn’t work call the practice. Pink saliva and a little bit of oozing from the socket is normal. Avoid hot drinks and alcohol. Don’t rinse your mouth for 24 hours.

Bleeding gums
These will improve if can clean your teeth and gums effectively. Brush for 2 minutes especially at the gum line and don’t forget to clean between the teeth with floss or interdental brushes. Corosdyl mouthwash may help but prolonged use can cause staining.

Dentures rubbing or loose
Use of a denture adhesive, like Fixodent or Polygrip may help. Seabond denture pads may make the denture more comfortable and stable. If there is a sharp edge an emery board can be used to smooth down.

Lost crown or veneer
Toofypegs can be used to restick lost crowns or veneers at home. Good oral hygiene will help stop the tooth becoming decayed

Bonjela on the area that is painful before meals in particular.
Take painkillers if necessary  Rinse with saltwater to prevent infection
Use difflam mouthwash which you can get from the pharmacist.

Sensitive teeth
Teeth can be sensitive to hot and cold foods/drinks due to receding gums, large fillings or decay. Toothpaste for sensitive teeth can help apply to the teeth and leave overnight after brushing. Avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks which may make things worse.

Lost filling/broken tooth
Emergency dental kits can be bought at the pharmacists to patch up tooth at home and are also available on Amazon. Take painkillers if required. Again good oral hygiene and low sugar intake will help.

Adults (Over 16)          Paracetamol 1g (2x 500mg) 4 times daily
Child doses – follow the advice on the pack. If you are unsure what you can take, check with your pharmacist

If you have a dental emergency which you cannot manage alone, please call your dentist number you will be