Dental Services

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    Welcome to Lancashire Care Dental Service where our staff always aim to provide a high standard of care and service for patients. We are a large organisation providing NHS dental services at a number of sites across Central & East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen. 

    What services do we provide?

    • Special Care Dentistry (SCD) Specialty Service – referral required from a health professional
    • Paediatric Dentistry Specialty Service – referral required from a health professional
    • General dental services
    • Emergency dental services
    • Outpatient sedation for very anxious patients and patients with phobia – referral required from a health professional
    • General anaesthetic services for young children and for others who cannot accept treatment in the usual way – referral required from a health professional
    • Home visits for those who are housebound
    • Clinical dental technician service for the provision of complete dentures
    • Education and training at Oak House Dental Centre in Accrington for dentists and dental therapists, in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire
    • Referral to other specialist services such as orthodontic services where appropriate
    • Lifestyle advice to our patients

    For details of services available at individual sites and how to access these, please speak to a member of the dental team.

    Who can be seen in this service?

    Children and adults referred to the Special Care Dentistry and Paediatric Dentistry Specialty Services. These are:-

    • Children under 16 years old with additional social, medical or dental needs that prevent them receiving dental care in a general dental practice and children who are ‘looked after’ or under child protection orders.
    • Adults over 16 years old with additional needs, impairment, or disability that prevent them receiving dental care in a general dental practice.

    Children and adults who require general dental services.

    Children and adults who have in and out of hours dental emergencies. (Appointments allocated by Dental Helpline 0300 1234 010)

    For further information regarding patients who can access individual services and the referral procedure please speak to a member of the dental team.

    Alternatively, you can get help finding a NHS dentist for urgent and routine care by calling your local dental helpline - 0300 1234 010

    How can you use the service?

    Most people will be:

    • referred to the service from a variety of sources including other dentists, doctors, other health professionals and other organisations or
    • seen as a result of contacting the dental helplines


    Here you can find guidance and forms to make your referrals

    Special Care Dentistry Referral Guidance

    Paediatric Referral Guidance

    Please ensure you complete all the boxes, especially those of the person making the referral.

    Opening hours

    Normal surgery opening hours are:-
    Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm
    Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

    The reception is closed between 12.15pm and 1.15pm

    Please note that some clinics have extended hours and some are not open every day.


    • Full disability access (including toilets & parking)
    • Induction loops are available

    What if you need an interpreter?

    If you need a language or sign language interpreter this can be arranged for you. Please contact the dental department and let them know your requirements.


    We will try to offer you one as soon as possible at a convenient time.

    At the end of your treatment, your dentist will discuss with you when you will need to see a dentist again. NHS dentists follow guidelines issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). This means you will attend as often as is needed to keep your teeth and gums healthy and this may not be every six months. If you have been referred into the service by another dentist you may be discharged back to the care of that dental practice.

    Cancellations and missed appointments

    If you are unable to keep your appointment please let us know as soon as possible (at least 24 hours before your appointment) so that we can give the appointment to someone else. Missed appointments are a waste of NHS time and money. If you fail to attend or cancel at short notice more than one appointment in a 12 month period, you may be discharged from our service.

    If you do not attend the service in any 15 month period you may be discharged from the service.


    Adult patients may need to pay NHS dental charges which fall into three charge bands depending on what treatment you need:

    Band 1

    This covers an examination, X-rays, a scale and polish if needed and preventative care such as flouride varnish application or fissure sealants. This also covers urgent treatment.

    Band 2

    This covers everything listed in Band 1 plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or extractions.

    Band 3

    This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above plus crowns, dentures, bridges and splints

    Urgent Care

    If you are attending an appointment for urgent care, the Band 1 charge is payable prior to seeing the dentist. This covers a limited range of treatments.

    All patients who pay for their dental treatment must pay their charges before completion of the treatment; failure to pay the full cost of treatment may mean we will not treat you in the future.

    Free or reduced cost NHS dental treatment

    If you are claiming free or reduced cost NHS dental treatment, you will be asked for written proof of why you do not have to pay. You will also be asked to sign a form to confirm that you do not have to pay. The NHS carries out checks to make sure people do not dishonestly claim that they are exempt from charges.

    Patients found to have wrongly claimed to be exempt from charges may be prosecuted for an offence that can lead to a criminal record. They would have to pay the charge due, plus a penalty charge.

    Urgent treatment and out of hours care

    If you are a patient of this service and think you need urgent treatment during normal surgery hours, you should contact your designated clinic as early as possible. Please be aware that if the clinic is fully booked you may have to wait to be seen or be transferred to another clinic.

    If you require urgent treatment out of normal surgery hours contact your local dental helpline on 0300 1234 010

    You are entitled to

    • be treated with dignity and care by all our staff
    • a full explanation of your treatment options
    • information about NHS charges displayed in the waiting room
    • make a complaint if you are not happy with your treatment and care

    You are responsible for

    • giving us at least 24 hours notice if you have to cancel or change an appointment
    • informing our staff of any change of address or other details
    • following your dentist’s advice to prevent tooth decay and gum disease
    • providing proof that you are entitled to claim help with the cost of NHS treatment. If you do not give us proof of this we may need to check you are eligible
    • treating our staff with courtesy and respect

    Zero tolerance policy

    Lancashire Care Dental Service has a Zero Tolerance Policy. We can refuse to treat patients who are violent or abusive, or who fail to pay their bills. If this happens we will write to you and tell you why we can no longer treat you.

    Where the service is provided and how to contact us

    Ashton Health Centre Dental Department
    Ashton Dental Department
    Ashton Health Centre
    67-69 Pedders Lane

    Tel: 01772 777177
    Fax: 01772 734053

    Bacup Health Centre
    Irwell Mill
    Rochdale Road
    OL13 9NR

    Tel: 01282 628252
    Fax: 01706 879435

    Bamber Bridge Clinic
    School Lane
    Bamber Bridge
    PR5 6QE

    Tel: 01772 644676


    Barbara Castle Way Health Centre
    Level 3
    Simmons Street
    BB2 1AX

    Tel: 01254 283919 / 283920

    Clitheroe Hospital
    Chatburn Road
    BB7 4JX

    Tel: 01254 283860

    Darwen Health Centre
    James Street West
    BB3 2PY

    Tel: 01254 283559 / 283560

    Oak House Dental Centre
    34 Church Street
    BB5 2ED

    Sat-Nav users should use BB5 2EU

    Tel: 01254 283674

    Ringway Dental Centre/Dental Helpline
    Ringway Dental Centre
    Ringway House
    PR1 3HQ

    For SatNav please use PR1 1EL

    Tel: 01772 777800

    Special Care Dentistry Royal Blackburn Hospital
    Level 2 (Blue Level)
    Royal Blackburn Hospital
    Haslingden Road
    BB2 3HH

    Tel: 01254 734962
    Fax: 01254 732961

    St Peter's Centre 
    3rd Floor
    Church Street
    BB11 2DL

    Tel: 01282 628315

    Yarnspinners Health Centre
    Carr Road
    BB9 7SR

    Tel: 01282 628464


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