The Community Dental Service in South Tyneside, Sunderland and Gateshead provides a full range of dental treatment for patients of all ages who have difficulty in accessing general dental services (high street/family practice).

We aim to provide high quality dental care locally for patients with a wide range of individual needs. This includes individuals who are medically compromised or have mental health issues; adults and children with severe learning disabilities or physical disabilities and children with behavioural management issues. We also carry out oral health promotion and epidemiology and work closely with education, social and other health care professionals.

If you have learning difficulty or cognitive impairment, inhalation sedation or intravenous sedation may be useful. We carry out treatment under general anaesthetic in a hospital setting for young children or for adults with special needs.

We have specialist equipment such as wheelchair recliner, hoists and transfer aids. Certain medical conditions can increase the risk in having dental treatment and our team is experienced in dealing with these.

The service will accept appropriate referrals for any person who lives in Gateshead, South Tyneside or Sunderland, or from any Health or Social Care professional. Referrals should be made to our central office:

Referrals Coordinator
Clarendon House
Windmill Way
Tyne & Wear
NE31 1AT

Contact us

Tel:  0191 502 6750

Fax: 0191 404 1347



Finding us

We have multiple clinics which provide dental services based at:

  • Blaydon Primary Care Centre
  • Wrekenton Health Centre
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • South Tyneside District Hospital
  • Palmer Community Hospital
  • Monkwearmouth Health Centre
  • Washington Primary Care Centre
  • Houghton Health Centre

Our team

Clinical Lead – Marie Holland
Safe Care Lead – Rachel Lish
Dental Nurse Manager – Barbara Appleby
Oral Health Promotion Lead / Manager – Joanne Purvis
Matron – Lesley Johnstone
Operational Manager - Libby McCready
Business Manager - David Newall