REMEDY : BNSSG referral pathways

Dental Referrals

Checked: 18-04-2018 by Rob.Adams Next Review: 18-04-2019

Summary of dental services

It is advised that referrals to the dental hospital should come from a general dental practitioner and not from a GP. We suggest the patient sees their dentist for assessment and referral if indicated (this is recommended for all oral surgery referrals and also referrals for atypical facial pain).

If a patient is not currently registered with a dentist and needs more urgent dental care then they can ring NHS111 to find out about local dental services. If the patient has special needs or disabilities and cannot access a GDP then they can be referred to the UHB primary care dental service which is available via direct referral using their proforma.

Patients who wish to seek primary care treatment via the undergraduate teaching programme may self-refer if waiting lists are not closed, by writing to the University of Bristol Dental School, University of Bristol, Lower Maudlin Street, Bristol, BS1 2LY. They will then be assessed to establish whether or not they are suitable for undergraduate treatment.