Patients who are registered with a dental practice

Patients should be advised to contact their dentist for advice. Dental practices have arrangements in place for triage during specific hours seven days a week including bank
holidays.

Patients who are not currently registered with a dental practice

Patients should be advised to contact any dentist in their area. Dentists have agreed, under the terms of their financial support scheme, to treat unregistered patients in need of urgent care during the COVID pandemic. It is recognised that some practices may have reduced capacity reflecting the COVID restrictions and may not be able to accommodate unregistered patients on every occasion. Hence, patients should be advised that they may need to contact a number of practices in their area in order to secure an urgent dental appointment. Practice triage hours will vary and patients should be advised to contact practices early in the day to increase the likelihood of their urgent dental need being addressed promptly. A list of dental practices in their area can be viewed by accessing the following link:

Urgent dental care centre referral pathways are in place for both registered and unregistered patients after initial triage at a dental practice. These arrangements will remain in place until further notice. 

Letter to GPs and Pharmacists re Advice to Patients with Urgent Dental Need 22 December 2021