Referral Guidance Community Specialist Dental
Our Community Specialist Dental Service provides a
Consultant-led Paediatric dental service and Specialist-led adult
Special Care dental service.
We provide care for individuals with:
What geographical area does the Dental Service
Our dental service is commissioned to provide dental care to
individuals living within the county boundaries of County Durham
& Darlington. The patient's home postcode
must be within this geographical area and checked
prior to referral.
Who can refer to the CSD Service?
Referrals are only accepted from:
Self- referrals are not accepted.
For all non-GDPs it is advised that in the first instance
patients should be directed to access dental care with a 'high
street' dentist. These dental practitioners will be able to
make a referral to our dental service where appropriate.
What information should be included on the
Our referral forms must be fully completed with as much detail
as possible to aid appropriate triage. Failure to complete the
referral form fully may lead to rejection of the referral or delay
High quality radiographs should be provided for all referrals.
If radiographs are not included it must be indicated why they have
not been provided. Original film radiographs should be sent with
the referral letter and digital radiographs should be sent on CD
with the referral letter or emailed to our secure email address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with the patient's name and date of birth.
Printed radiographs will only be accepted if they are of a high
quality and diagnostic. Radiographs should be less than 12 months
old and all non-digital films will be returned to the referring
practitioners once treatment is complete.
Where to send referrals?
Referrals should be sent to one of our principle clinics or
emailed to our secure email address (email@example.com)
where it will be triaged by an appropriate staff member. Please
ensure that the referral is sent to the clinic address which is
closest to the patient's place of residence. Patients should be
advised that the clinic to which the referral is sent may not
always be where treatment will be provided. If you are unsure where
to send the referral please phone one of our clinics for
Dental Department - 2nd Floor
Bishop Auckland Hospital
Cockton Hill Road
Tel: 01388 455767
Stanley Primary Care Centre
Tel: 01207 285565
Tel: 0191 3876488
Park Place Health Centre
Tel: 01325 342150
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital