Community Dental Service

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This service is for adults and children with complex needs who are unable to use or access general dental services.

Eligibility criteria


Children aged 15 years or younger with

  • an anxious or uncooperative approach to accepting dental care
  • physical disabilities, learning disabilities or medical conditions requiring special dental care
  • a need for specialist care e.g. sedation, management of trauma, hypoplastic teeth

or who are

  • 'looked after' or considered 'at risk'

Adults (16+) with

  • moderate and severe learning disabilities
  • severe physical disabilities including bariatric (severely overweight) patients
  • dental phobia
  • severe mental health problems including dementia
  • long-term drug or alchohol problems

or who are

  • housebound 
  • homeless 


Patients who can attend primary dental care: patients should always be initially advised to attend a local dental practice. 

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs, general dental practitioners, health/social care professionals

EMIS form

Referral methods: Email

Complete the approapriate form and send by email to

  • Paediatric Dentistry Referral Form GP (under 15) - NCL - Whittington (v2, July 2021)
  • Special Care Dentistry Referrral Form (16+) - NCL - Whittington (v2, July 2021)

Where to find the form

In local EMIS global document library systems as follows:

  • Barnet: Bar Global Documents > Referral Forms
  • Camden: Camden EMIS Forms page
  • Enfield: ENF Global Documents > Dental services
  • Haringey: HAR Global Documents > Dental services
  • Islington: ISL Global Documents > Dental services
Editable PDF / Word document

Complete the appropriate form and email to

See Downloads section for the over 16s referral form.



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