Community Dental Network

Community Dental NewtorkThe Community Dental Network is a combined service providing community dental services for a number of North West areas.

These are:

  • Bolton
  • East Cheshire
  • Halton
  • Sandbach
  • St Helens
  • Stockport
  • Tameside & Glossop
  • Trafford
  • Vale Royal area of Cheshire
  • Warrington
  • Western Cheshire & Chester
  • Wigan Borough.

The network ensures community dental services are available to a combined population of over two million people.

The Community Dental network provides specialised dental care on referral to people of all ages, disabilities and special needs which make it impossible for them to access treatment from an NHS family dentist.

Our services include:

  • Paediatric Dentistry (including Looked After Children & Youth Offending)
  • Special Care Dentistry
  • Paediatric General Anaesthetic Services
  • Special Care General Anaesthetic (conservation and exodontias)
  • Inhalation Sedation for patients with anxiety issues
  • Domiciliary services
  • Prison Services
  • Minor Oral Surgery
  • Dental Student Teaching (Dentists and Therapists)
  • Oral Health Promotion
  • Dental Health Surveys.

How can people access the service?

Access to the service is on a referral basis.

Referrals meeting our service criteria are accepted from Dentists, GP’s, health care and social care professionals.

What to expect from us?

  • High standards of dental care provided by registered friendly and caring dental care professionals
  • Be treated with dignity and respect in a clean and safe environment
  • A thorough examination of your mouth, teeth and gums
  • A clear description and explanation of your treatment and written confirmation including any costs
  • Advice on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy
  • Information about our services, staff, NHS dental charges, and how to make a complaint.

Out of Hours Care

If you have a swelling that is affecting your breathing or swallowing, have suffered trauma or have severe bleeding please contact your local A+E department.

When the practice is closed, and you have an urgent dental problem you feel is unable to wait until the surgery re-opens please call your local contact number:

Halton, St Helens, Warrington, East Cheshire, West Cheshire
0161 476 9651 (available from 9am to 9.30pm every day, including weekends and Bank Holidays)

Wigan Borough
0333 332 3800 (available between 5.30pm and 9.00pm each evening and between 8.30 am-12.00on each weekend and bank holiday)

0333 332 3800 (available between 5.15pm and 8.30 pm each evening and between 9.00am-11.30 am each weekend and bank holiday)

Stockport, Trafford and Tameside and Glossop
0333 332 3800 (6.30 pm-8.00 am each evening and 8.00 am-6.30 pm each weekend and bank holiday)

This service  can help if you are experiencing:

  • severe pain not controlled by regular pain relief taken for 48 hours
  • uncontrolled bleeding
  • large swelling
  • dental trauma
  • any other condition that is causing you to feel acutely unwell.

For further advice please contact NHS 111.

Oral Health Promotion Service

The role of Oral Health Improvement is to promote important evidence based oral health messages to groups in the community.

View our dedicated Oral Health Promotion Service page for our full information.

Our community dental clinics and locations

Full address list of the clinics and locations where we provide dental services.


Referral forms for health professionals

If you wish to make a referral to our service please:

Referral Guidance for Community Dental Services

Adult and Child Special Care referral form

Adult Sedation referral form

Paediatric Exodontia referral form

Case study

Bridgewater dental service engaging with vulnerable patients in harder to reach communities

Hallwood Dental case studyBridgewater’s Community Dental Service has recently started working on a initiative to improve engagement with hard to reach communities in order to improve their access and use of dental services.

These communities include people who may be marginalised from society and those who face significant barriers to dental care including people for whom English is not their first language, the travelling community, people seeking asylum and people who have been subjected to human or sexual trafficking.

Read the full case study.

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