Welcome to County Durham and
Darlington Community Specialist Dental Service.
Please note: - We are currently having problems with our
telephone system at Stanley Primary Care Centre. If you are
unable to contact please ring 01388 455767 for advice.
The County Durham & Darlington Community Specialist Dental
Service provides NHS dental care for children and adults who have
treatment needs that cannot be met by a general dental practitioner
or 'high street' dentist. We provide care for individuals
Referrals to this service are accepted from dentists, doctors or
any health or social care professional, which feel that it is in
their patient's best interest to be treated in the Specialist
Dental Service environment.
The service is Consultant led and our team comprises of a
Paediatric Dental Consultant, Specialist in Adult Special Care
Dentistry, Specialist Registrars in both Paediatric and Adult
Special Care Dentistry, and experienced dentists and dental nurses.
We also have a pro-active Oral Health Promotion team who provide
training and education in oral care to health care
To meet the individual treatment needs of each patient the
Community Specialist Dental Service provides patient centered care
plans and oral health education, as well as general anaesthetic and
sedation services. To make the service fully accessible facilities
We are a referral-only service, which means
that a healthcare professional (e.g. family dentist, GP or Health
Visitor) or social care professional would need to refer you to us
If your referral is accepted an appointment letter will be sent
to you. Further appointments (if required) will then be booked
directly with your clinic
The referring dentist is still responsible for any urgent dental
care, preventative care and routine dental check-ups, unless
directed by the Community Specialist Dental Service. The majority
of referred patients will be seen by the service and then returned
back to their dentist for continuing dental care.
NHS charges and exemptions
Standard NHS charges apply, if you currently pay for dental
treatment you will still have to do so if you are referred to the
Community Specialist Dental Service. For advice on
receiving help with the cost of your treatment you can either
collect a 'Help with health costs' leaflet from one of our clinics
or visit the
NHS Choices website. If you are exempt from NHS Dental
charges you will need to bring proof of exemption to your first
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham