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Coronavirus: children's dentistry update


Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) we are unable to provide routine dental treatment for children. Booked appointments for dental treatment under general anaesthesia (operations) are limited, with long waiting times. If your child is a patient with us, we will contact you once our services restart.

Emergency dental treatment for children

Our emergency service runs between 9-10.30am, Mondays to Fridays (excluding bank holidays).

The service is limited to children with:

  • major gum and/or serious facial swelling caused by a dental abscess

  • severe trauma/injury to teeth which cannot be managed by your local emergency dentist (not including broken fillings or teeth)

  • uncontrollable bleeding of the mouth.

Your family dentist should be able to help if your child has toothache.

From Monday 11 January 2021, we are no longer able to accept walk-in patients to our emergency dental services. If your child has a dental emergency, please call NHS 111. NHS 111 will be running a triage and booking service, and a dental nurse will assess your child over the phone, and if appropriate, will book them in to be seen. Please be aware that there will be limited appointments each day.

If your child has a very serious dental emergency and attends the Dental Centre at St Thomas' Hospital, you and your child are expected to keep to the government guidelines on 'social distancing'. Failure to keep to these guidelines puts everyone at risk. Please be prepared to answer questions relating to coronavirus (COVID-19). Only one parent may attend with one child. 

Information and support

All the latest information regarding coronavirus can be found on the NHS website and the official UK government website.

We are regularly reviewing the situation to make sure that the most appropriate care is given to those who need it most, with the safety of our families and the staff being our top priority.



Please visit the main Trust coronavirus (COVID-19) page for more information including the actions we are taking to care for patients and reduce the risk of spreading the infection.