Dentistry - community and specialist dental services

Service overview

We provide dental care for adults and children who cannot be treated in the general dental service:

  • children who require more specialised care
  • people with severe learning disabilities and autism
  • people with complex medical histories
  • people with social,emotional,psychiatric, psychological or physical disabilities, and other problems more suited to a special care environment
  • people who are housebound.

Our specialist dental teams provide a range of services on referral, with specialists in the following fields:

  • oral surgery
  • restorative dentistry
  • periodontics (gum disease)

There is a walk-in dental service for homeless people at the Great Chapel Street Health Centre, 13 Great Chapel Street, London W1F 8FL on Wednesdays and Tuesday mornings.

We provide an emergency dental service at St Charles Centre for Health in the evenings and at weekends and public holidays. Our emergency dental service is not a walk-in service and is accessed by calling the NHS 111 helpline.

Our service is very busy and patients who do not attend appointments, or do not cancel with sufficient notice, may be discharged back to the care of their referrer.

Some specialist dental services have waiting lists. If you have been referred for specialist care, you can find out the approximate waiting time by calling 020 7534 6524 / 6529.

Homeless dental

  

Our dental service for homeless people provides NHS dental care from our base in Great Chapel Street and in outreach settings. Experienced staff can provide oral health advice, check-ups and treatment for people who are homeless.

We have booked appointments and walk in patients are welcome, but it is best to call in advance to check clinic timings. We prefer that appointments are made and kept.

To access the service, patients must provide a medical history.

We accept referrals from health and social care professionals for vulnerable people.

Phone: 020 7437 9360 and 111 out of hours.

Locations and opening hours

Great Chapel Street Clinic

13 Great Chapel Street, London W1F 8FL

  • Tuesday: 13:30 to 16:00
  • Wednesday: 09:30 and 12:00 and 13:30 to 16:00
  • Friday: 09:30 to 12:00 and 13:30 to 16:00
  

Oral health promotion

  

The team raises awareness and promotes better oral health by providing personalised advice, networked information and training for:

  • local children and families
  • homeless people
  • older people
  • vulnerable adults and children.

We train teachers and health staff in:

  • schools
  • children's centres
  • special schools
  • community centres
  • antenatal groups
  • early years centres
  • hostels for homeless people
  • care homes.

 We also attend community meetings and health fairs.

CLCH has an active preventive fluoride varnish application programme in local schools and nurseries, tied to our health promotion programme.

Location and contact details

Soho Centre for Health and Care, 29-30 Soho Square London W1D 3QS

Phone: 020 7534 6636

Email: clcht.dental@nhs.net

  

Children's (paediatric)

  

This specialist-led service cares for children from birth to age 15 who have a physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional, psychological or social impairment or disability, or who are uncooperative and can't be treated in general parctice.

We can provide sedation and have a good skill mix which includes experienced dental therapists and dentists skilled in dealing with children. We have strong links with local hospitals if more specialist assistance is needed.

We conduct regular screening and support programmes in local special schools alongside the CLCH oral health promotion team.

Location and contact details

Phone: 020 7534 6524 / 6529 or 111 out of hours

Email: clcht.dental@nhs.net

Fax: 0300 008 3279

Opening hours Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 17:00  (appointment only)

Parsons Green Health Centre, 5-7 Parsons Green, London SW6 4UL

Parkview Heatlh Centre 56 Bloemfontein Road, London W12 7FG

St Charles Health Centre, Exmoor Street, London W10 6DZ.

Lisson Grove Health Centre, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EG

Violet Melchett Health Centre, 30 Flood Walk, London SW3 5RR

Soho Health Centre, 1 Frith Street, London W1D 3QS

Colville Health Centre, 51 Kensington Park Road, London W11 1PA

South Westminster Health Centre, 82 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PF

The Medical Centre, 7E Woodfield Road, London W9 3XZ

This is not a drop-in service. Home visits are available.

Referrals

We accept referrals from:

  • general dental practitioners
  • doctors
  • social workers
  • care staff
  • district/community nurses
  • other health and social care professionals. 

All local paediatric dental referrals sent to CLCH should comply with the NHS England (London) paediatric dental referral pathway.


  

Adult special care

  

We support the oral health of people in our community aged 16 and over who have physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional or social impairment or disabilities which precludes treatment in general dental practice.

Our dedicated team includes staff with specialised experience, qualifications, expertise, and equipment (sedation, hoists, wheelchair tipper) for supporting people with special needs. We also have strong relationships with community groups and specialists in local hospitals.

We provide clinical care and screening of people in special schools and care homes and we support an active oral health promotion/education service.

Referrals are accepted from:

  • general dental practitioners
  • doctors
  • social workers
  • care staff
  • district/community nurses and other health/social care professionals.

Location and contact details

Phone: 020 7534 6524 / 6529 or 111 out of hours

Email: clcht.dental@nhs.net

Fax: 0300 008 3279

Opening hours Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 17:00  (appointment only)

Parsons Green Health Centre, 5-7 Parsons Green, London SW6 4UL

Parkview Heatlh Centre 56 Bloemfontein Road, London W12 7FG

St Charles Health Centre, Exmoor Street, London W10 6DZ.

Lisson Grove Health Centre, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EG

Violet Melchett Health Centre, 30 Flood Walk, London SW3 5RR

Soho Health Centre, 1 Frith Street, London W1D 3QS

Colville Health Centre, 51 Kensington Park Road, London W11 1PA

South Westminster Health Centre, 82 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PF

The Medical Centre, 7E Woodfield Road, London W9 3XZ

This is not a drop-in service.Home visits are available but the range of treatment available is limited. Transport may be available for patients who are too disabled to attend our clinics on their own.

Referrals

We accept referrals from:

  • general dental practitioners
  • doctors
  • social workers
  • care staff
  • district/community nurses
  • other health and social care professionals. 

All local adult special care dental referrals sent to CLCH should comply with the relevant NHS England (London) dental referral pathway.

  

Specialist restorative and periodontal

  

This consultant-led service provides clinical restorative dental procedures which cannot normally be provided by general dental practitioners and require specialist care.

We offer a range of  procedures including:

  • endodontics: certain root canal procedures as specified in our  criteria
  • periodontics: treatment and prevention of gum disease and diseases of the dental supporting tissues
  • removable prosthodontics: provision of removable dentures

Location and contact details

Phone: 020 7534 6524 / 6529 or 111 out of hours

Email: clcht.dental@nhs.net

Fax: 0300 008 3279

Opening hours Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 17:00  (appointment only)

Parsons Green Health Centre, 5-7 Parsons Green, London SW6 4UL

Soho Health Centre, 1 Frith Street, London W1D 3QS

Referral information

Patients must be referred by a dentist.

We only accept patients whose treatment  conforms with our referral criteria.

  

Specialist minor oral surgery

  

This consultant-led service provides clinical oral surgery procedures for patients referred by general dental practitioners.

We offer a range of oral surgery procedures including:

  • surgical extraction of teeth and roots
  • surgical wisdom teeth removal
  • removal of teeth following previous failed extractions
  • surgical exposure of teeth
  • minor soft tissue surgery
  • surgical endodontic (root canal) work.

Our service has been established for more than 20 years and operates from state-of-the-art premises using high quality equipment and up to date techniques to ensure a safe and good outcome.

We provide IV sedation for selected cases.

Referrer contact details

Phone: 020 7534 6524 / 6529

Email: clcht.dental@nhs.net

Fax: 0300 008 3279

NB: This service is not for patients who need general anaesthetic or who have very complex medical histories.

Locations and opening hours

Parsons Green Health centre

Parkview Health Centre

Lisson Grove Health Centre

Soho Centre for Health

  

Out of hours emergency dental service

  

We provide emergency out-of-hours dental care for patients referred by the NHS 111 telephone triage service.

Patients must call 111 to be given an appointment at the St Charles centre for care dental clinic, or other contracted providers.

Only emergency dental care is provided and patients requiring follow up or routine care must contact their local general dental practice. NHS charges are payable by patients who are not exempt.

Appointments are issued by the triage service in the order they are received. Walk in patients will be asked to contact 111 to make an appointment.

Location and opening hours

St Charles Centre for Health and Care

  • Monday: 19.00 to 22.00
  • Tuesday: 19.00 to 22.00
  • Wednesday: 19.00 to 22.00
  • Thursday: 19.00 to 22.00
  • Friday: 19.00 to 22.00
  • Saturday: 10.00 to 16.30 and 19.00 to 22.00
  • Sunday: 10.00 to 13.30 and 19.00 to 22.00

The service is open on bank holidays apart from the August bank holiday.

Contact 111 to request an appointment and get details of opening hours.

  
 

Our community dental teams work in the boroughs of:

  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Westminster

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