Warwickshire Special Care Dental Service

Contact us

Booking and Access Team:

Address: Dental Booking Office, Whitnash Lodge, Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital, Heathcote Lane, Warwickshire, CV34 6SR

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 5pm

Contact Number: Booking Office: 01926 317778

Out of Hours contact: NHS 111

We are part of the George Eliot Trust Community services.

  • Our Vision is to improve the oral health of patients with additional needs in Warwickshire by providing holistic and innovative care from dedicated and compassionate staff.
  • Our aim is to provide dental care for people of any age who have additional needs that make it difficult for them to access a family dentist.
  • We offer dental care for adults with severe disability, physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional or social impairment or disability. As well as for children with behavioural problems, special needs, complex medical problems, dental anxiety and extractions with sedation or general anaesthetic.

Dental Officers

Dental officers carry out a full examination of your mouth, teeth and gums and treat patients  accompanied  by a dental nurse in surgery or where patients resides

They will provide:

  • Comprehensive care for people of all ages who have special needs and/or who are medically compromised
  • Care for people who have found difficulty in accessing general dental services
  • Specialist services, such as sedation and general anaesthetics
  • Screening of school children and other groups as part of epidemiology

Dental Nurses

Support of members of the dental team and patients in surgery or where patients resides to:  

  • help the dentist to make the patient feel comfortable and at ease
  • assist the dentist and therapist with dental treatments
  • take responsibility for the decontamination of instruments
  • maintaining dental operating equipment
  • ensuring that all relevant materials and supplies are in place

We also have Specialist Nurses within our service who leads the following areas; Oral Health, Epidemiology, General Anaesthetic and Sedation

Dental Therapists

A Dental Therapist carries out certain types of dental treatment either direct to patients, or under a dentist's prescription in the NHS.
This includes:

  • administering inhalation sedation (happy air)
  •  place pre-formed crowns on primary teeth (baby teeth)
  •  carry out treatments such as fillings and extractions
  • place fissure sealants and fluoride varnish
  • treat gum disease
  • scale and polish teeth
  • educate patients on oral health and diet

Booking and Access team

Our clinical teams are supported by the Booking and Access team, based at our headquarters in Leamington.
The Booking and Access team are our first point of contact for patients, carers and other health care professionals. 
The Booking and Access team process and maintain all urgent and routine referrals to our service, assist with patient enquiries, as well as scheduling appointments and monitoring the email systems. 
The Booking team will also arrange domiciliary visits and interpreters to attend appointments where appropriate. 

General Anaesthetic and Sedation Specialist Nurses 

Address: Dental Booking Office, Whitnash Lodge, Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital, Heathcote Lane, Warwickshire, CV34 6SR

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:45 to 5pm

Contact Number: 01926 317778 Ext: 7623 

Atherstone Clinic .jpgAtherstone

Address :Atherstone Special Care Dental clinic, Atherstone Health Centre, Long Street, Atherstone, CV9 1AX

Opening Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:  8.45am to 5pm

Contact Number: 01926 317778

Parking: There is a 4 hours free car park to the rear of the clinic.



Bedworth ClinicBedworth

Address: Bedworth Special Care Dental Clinic, Bedworth Health Centre, High Street, Bedworth, CV12 8NF

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday:  From: 8.45am to 5pm

Contact Number: 01926 317778

Parking: Public car park is situated at the Civic Hall carpark behind the library, Pay on arrival 





Crown Way Clinic.jpgCrown Way

Address: Crown Way Dental Clinic, Crown Way Clinic, Crown Way, Lillington, CV32 7SF

Special Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays from 10 am to 2pm.

Contact Number: 01926 317778

Parking: No patient car park on site but street car parking nearby


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Address: Camp Hill Special Care Dental Clinic, Camp Hill Clinic, Ramsden Avenue, Nuneaton, CV10 9EB

Opening Hours:  Mondays to Friday: From 8.45 to 5pm

Contact Number: 01926 317778

Parking:  Car park is free of Charge 




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Address Leamington Special Care Dental Service, Leamington Rehabilitation Hospital, Heathcote Lane, Heathcote, Warwick, CV34 6SR

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:45 to 5pm

Contact Number: 01926 317778

Parking: Pay as you leave patient car park at reception. 



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Address: Rugby Special Care Dental Clinic, Orchard Centre Health centre, Lower Hillmorton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 3SR

Opening times: Monday to Friday from 8:45 to 5pm

Contact Number:  01926 317778

Parking:  Free Patient car park at the front of the Centre



Stratford Clinic.jpgStratford

Address: Stratford Dental Clinic, 1st Floor, Stratford Hospital, Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6NX

Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:45 to 5pm

Contact Number: 01926 317778

Parking: Multi-storey car Park pay on leaving 

Domiciliary Care

Domiciliary care provides dental care to patients in their home, when, due to their additional needs, they are unable to attend a clinic appointment. 

Mental Health

Our experienced dental teams work with patients, and those who support them, to ensure they maintain their oral health and receive dental care in a caring and understanding environment. With recognised links between mental health conditions and the effect on oral health, the Special Care Dental Service provides specialist care for those that cannot access care from their general dental practitioner.

Dental Anxiety and Phobia

Patients with high levels of anxiety may be referred to our service by their regular dentist. Upon referral, a patient’s anxiety levels will be assessed by means of a questionnaire. If accepted for care, this will be discussed with patients at their first appointment and treatment will be planned to reduce anxiety levels and build confidence to accept treatment in the future. We understand that patients may take several appointments to overcome their fears and can take the time needed to complete treatment.

Treatment for anxiety at the dentist:

In most cases, patients will be offered one course of treatment with our service. Once the treatment is complete, patients will be discharged back to their referring, routine regular dentist for continuing care. Dental anxiety/phobia can be described as fear, anxiety or stress when placed in a dental setting. This can mean patients avoid or delay receiving dental treatment which has a negative impact on their oral health. Our experienced staff are able to support and reassure these patients.

Medically Compromised

Patients who are medically compromised may have difficulty in accessing dental care and could require specialist care due to their complex medical history for example; Cancer, Stroke, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), some viral diseases such as Hepatitis C and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and Dementia. 

Learning Disabilities

People with learning disabilities may have poor oral health due to cognitive, physical and behavioral factors. Our service is able to provide additional support their oral to ensure patients are able to access appropriate oral health care and advice

There are three NHS charge bands:

  • Band 1: £26.80 ​covers an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, a scale and polish and planning for further treatment. 
  • Band 2: £73.50 covers all treatment covered by Band 1, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment and removing teeth (extractions). 
  • Band 3: £319.10 covers all treatment covered by Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges.

Our clinics no longer accept cash. Payment for dental charges can be made via credit/debit card or bank transfer' 

You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when your treatment starts, you are:

  • under 18 
  • under 19 and in full-time education
  • pregnant or you’ve had a baby within the 12 months before treatment starts

You can also get free NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts or when you’re asked to pay:

  • you’re included in an award of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit guarantee credit or Universal credit (check entitlement after October 31 2015) 
    • you’re named on, or entitled to, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
    • you’re named on a valid HC2 certificate 
  • If you're named on a valid HC3 certificate, you may not have to pay for all your NHS dental treatment. HC2 and HC3 certificates are issued under the NHS Low Income Scheme
  • If you receive any of the following benefits you will not be exempt from paying for NHS dental treatment unless you also fall under one of the categories listed above:
    • Incapacity Benefit
    • contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Council Tax Benefit
    • Housing Benefit
    • Pension Credit savings credit

Proof of your entitlement You’ll be asked to show your dentist written proof that you’re entitled to financial help with dental treatment. This will vary depending on your circumstances. To check what documents you need, see the NHS HC11 leaflet: Help with health costs

NHS Low Income Scheme

The NHS Low Income Scheme provides financial help to people not exempt from charges, but who may be entitled to full or partial help with healthcare costs if they have a low income. Anyone can apply as long as they don’t have savings or investments over the capital limit. In England, the capital limit is £16,000 (or £23,250 if you live permanently in a care home).The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website has more information about the NHS Low Income Scheme, including how to apply

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Here's a quick Guide to Dental services with Dentist Gavin McLellan 

The Warwickshire Special Care Dental Service is a member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Dementia Action Alliance. Many of our staff have completed their Dementia Friends training and have experience of working with people with Dementia. 

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Friends & Family Test Results (July - September 2022)

Special care dental stats December 2022.PNGWarwickshire Special Care Dental Service is expected to submit Friends and Family Test results via Compass on a monthly basis.

In line with George Eliot Hospital (GEH), patients are now being asked the FFT question via a text messaging service. All patients attending as an emergency or completing a Band 2 or 3 course of treatment are contacted.

Here is our latest report 
Friend and Family Test Results (July - Sept 2022)

The Patient Advice Liaison Service are there to listen to any complaints or concerns you may have. To contact them, please email: