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Community Paediatric Service

UPDATE: As part of creating an Inclusive Community Dental Service we are looking at ways to create and improve facilities to deliver dentistry. 

During recent months Community Dental Services have been affected by the pandemic.  Access to dental services has been severely impacted by COVID-19 and the national lockdowns in the UK.

It is therefore likely to take some time to deal with the backlog of patients in need of dental treatment and care due to reduced capacity in the system.

As a result of widespread changes a number of clinics where dental services were historically provided from have been closed for some time and we write to inform you that Community Dental Services will not be reopening in Victoria Health Centre and Sparkhill Health Centre.

Please contact Sparkbrook Health Centre, if you was previously seen at Sparkhill, on 0121 466 4222 and Oldbury Health Centre, on 0121 612 2691, if you was previously seen at Victoria Health Centre.

The Paediatric Dental Team provides dental care for children up to the age of 16 years old. We accept referrals from dentists and other health care professionals for children with:

  • special needs
  • behavioural problems
  • complex medical problems
  • dental anxiety
  • extractions with sedation or general anaesthesia (see criteria below)
  • Children in care and vulnerable children


The first appointment is for assessment only and can usually be undertaken local to the child’s home. Some specialist services, however, are only provided in certain clinics.

Mobile dental services are also provided at some special schools and schools where children have lots of decay.

We encourage all children to attend the family dentist once treatment is completed, unless the child will continue to need special support (e.g. special needs children).

Our Team:

Our Team is led by a Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry giving our clinicians ready access to specialist advice. Many of our dentists are trained in inhalation sedation and have much experience in working with children. Dental therapists, hygienists and dental nurses are available to provide some services, too.

Where:

Our service extends across the whole of Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley and there are many local clinics where services can be provided. Inhalation sedation and general anaesthesia (GA) require specialist equipment and so can only be provided in certain places. We are able to offer GA for extractions (but not orthodontic extractions) in Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley (limited to age 12 in Dudley) and assessment is offered in selected clinics. (In Birmingham GA services are provided through the Birmingham Dental Hospital and should be referred directly to the hospital.) Sedation can be offered across all areas (including for orthodontic extractions) but may only be available at selected clinics, too.

Referrals

Written referrals are welcome or alternatively our referral form can be completed. If the child has any specific needs for the initial appointment please ensure that this is included. All referrals should be directed to the local administrative office (see main page). Special referral forms are available for GA services. Please include any x-rays with the referral as this will otherwise delay care.

Referral form community Paediatric Dentistry 

Referral criteria for Paediatric Dentistry

Paediatric Dentistry Undergraduate Referral Form

Paediatric Dentistry Undergraduate Referral Criteria