Our Community Dental Service provides NHS dental care for people within Gloucestershire who are unable to  access treatment from a general dental practitioner.

We provide some general dental services and also a special care dentistry service. The cost of treatment for any service at any clinic is the same as in all NHS dental practices. People will be charged the current NHS dental patient charges unless proof of exemption can be provided.

This service provides NHS dental care for:

  • People who have a special need because of a dental, medical or physical condition
  • People who have been referred to this service by their regular dentist for special care
  • Out of Hours urgent care for residents of Gloucestershire and visitors
  • People who are unable to leave their homes and require domiciliary care at home

Our Clinics

If your local clinic is closed please call Gloucester, Cheltenham or Stroud for advice.

Gloucester Dental Clinic
Southgate Moorings, 2 Kimbrose Way, Gloucester, GL1 2DB
Monday to Sunday
0300 421 6440

The Dental Clinic
St Paul’s Medical Centre, 121 Swindon Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4DP
Monday to Friday
0300 421 6757

The Dental Clinic
Springbank Resource Centre, Springbank Way, Springbank, Cheltenham, GL51 0LG
Monday to Friday
0300 421 6435

The Dental Clinic
Cirencester Hospital, Tetbury Road, Cirencester, GL7 1UY
0300 421 6214

The Dental Clinic
Lydney Health Centre, Lydney, GL15 5NQ
0300 421 8410

The Dental Clinic
Redwood House, Beeches Green, Stroud, GL5 4AE
Monday to Friday
0300 421 8993

The Dental Clinic
Cinderford Health Centre, Dockham Road, Cinderford, GL14 2AN
0300 421 6723

The Dental Clinic
Vale Community Hospital, Lister Road, Kingsmill Lane, Dursley, GL11 4BA
0300 421 8463

Referral Information for General Dental Practitioners and Healthcare Professionals

The Community Dental Service is able to accept referrals for people who require dental care which cannot be provided by a General Dental Practitioner. 

All referrals should be made using one of the referral forms below as appropriate. This will ensure we have all the information we need to arrange appointments at the appropriate clinic for the requirements of each individual. 

Please note that we do not accept referrals for adult patients who simply require multiple restorations or extractions under local anaesthetic.

Our main role is to provide dental care for the following:

Adults requiring Special Care Dentistry, including:

  • People with special medical or social care needs
  • People with moderate or severe learning disabilities
  • People with physical disabilities which prevent access to General Dental Services
  • People with severe management, behavioural or psychological difficulties or who have cognitive impairment
  • People who have received treatment for head and neck cancer including radiotherapy

Domiliciary Care

Paediatric Patients

Full details are available in our Patient referral information

General Dental Practitioners please use this Patient referral form

Healthcare professionals please use this Patient referral form

Use this link for our Domicilary Care referral form

NHS Charges

There are three standard charges for NHS dental treatment which are set nationally every April.

£21.60 - This charge will include an examination, diagnosis and preventive care. If necessary, this will include x-rays, scale and polish, and planning for further treatment. Urgent and out of hours care will also cost £21.60.

£59.10 - This charge includes all necessary treatment covered by the £21.60 charge PLUS additional treatment such as fillings, root canal treatment or extractions.

£256.50 - This charge includes all necessary treatment covered by the £21.60 and £59.10 charges PLUS more complex procedures such as crowns, dentures or bridges.

There is no charge for writing a prescription, although normal charges apply for getting prescription dispensed. There is no charge for removing stitches and repairs to dentures are free.


You can claim for free dental treatment if when the treatment starts or when the charge is made, you are:

  • aged under 18
  • aged 18 and in full-time education
  • pregnant, or have had a baby, in the 12 months before treatment starts
  • an NHS inpatient and the treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist
  • an NHS Hospital Dental Service outpatient*


When the treatment starts or when the charge is made, you are in receipt of:

  • Income Support (you or your partner)
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

Or you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
Or you are named on a valid HC2 certificate

The following DO NOT allow you to claim free NHS dental treatment. This means you MUST PAY the patient charge. If you do not pay, you run the risk of having to pay a penalty charge of up to £100:

  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Contribution-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Contribution-related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Housing Benefit
  • NHS Prescription Charge Medical Exemption

Failed or cancelled appointments

If you need to change or cancel an appointment please give us as much notice as possible.

Appointments cancelled at short notice may mean the dentist’s time will be wasted. Given enough notice we can re-book your time.

If you fail to keep an appointment any other appointments you may have made will be
cancelled. You should contact us to make a new appointment. Failing more than one appointment may affect your ability to access this service.