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Coronavirus Pandemic – Dental Update

We are open and are able to offer ‘face to face’ patient appointments.

We have worked very hard to ensure that our clinics are safe for patients and our staff.

A range of procedures have been implemented to reduce the risk of virus transmission and ensure the safety of patients and staff.

These measures impact on the numbers of patients we are able to see each day, which has mean it may take us longer than usual to offer appointments.

Our staff teams are working hard to see patients in order of clinical priority and appointments are being provided on this basis.

In addition to ‘face to face’ appointments, and to keep in touch with our patients we are offering remote appointments either by video or by telephone as opportunity for patients to speak with our clinicians.

If you normally attend our dental clinics and have pain, or any urgent dental problem, or need some advice, please contact the clinic where you are normally seen in the first instance, we are here to help you.

For up to date information about Coronavirus please visit the following websites:



During the current situation it means that avoiding dental problems has never been more important.

Can we remind all of our patients and their carers or parents about the following:

  • Brush teeth twice per day with a high Fluoride toothpaste (1450 ppm of Fluoride)
  • Try and brush for at least two minutes in all parts of the mouth.
  • After brushing spit out but do not rinse with water.
  • If you normally receive a prescription for high fluoride toothpaste please be aware that at the moment we are not issuing further prescriptions in order to ease the pressure on pharmacies. However, this may change.

Managing dental problems during COVID-19 pandemic update.

Community Dental Newtork

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

These are:

  • Bolton
  • Bury
  • East Cheshire
  • Halton
  • Heywood
  • Middleton
  • Oldham
  • Rochdale
  • 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 8am to 10pm every day, including weekends and Bank Holidays)

Wigan Borough
0333 332 3800 (available between 5pm and 10pm Monday to Friday and between 8am and 10pm each weekend and bank holiday)

0333 332 3800 (available between 5pm and 10pm Monday to Friday and between 8am and 10pm each weekend and bank holiday)

Bury, Heywood, Middleton, Oldham and Rochdale
0333 332 3800 (available between 5pm and 10pm Monday to Friday and between 8am and 10pm each weekend and bank holiday)

Stockport, Trafford and Tameside and Glossop
0333 332 3800 (available between 5pm and 10pm Monday to Friday and between 8am and 10pm 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

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.