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Dementia friendly service

Gloucestershire Community Dental Services are a dementia friendly service.

 

Specialised dentistry for dementia awareness

All staff are required to undertake dementia awareness training at induction and members of the dental team are encouraged to complete additional training to enable the provision of high quality person-centred care for our patients. Many of our staff are also dementia friends.

Meet our specially trained team

Within Gloucestershire, there is specific multi-agency dementia training available that enables healthcare staff to become dementia leads and dementia link workers.

Dementia leads help improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers who access their service in collaboration with others.

Dementia link workers

  • Provide & sustain excellent person-centred care within Gloucestershire
  • Support & facilitate the development of expertise within Gloucestershire’s health & social care workforce
  • Provide skills development opportunities for health & social care staff

Gloucestershire Community Dental Service has one dementia lead and six trained dementia link workers who act as points of contact for all the dental team, service users and their carers.

The dementia link workers provide regular update training sessions at team meetings and can also advise service users and carers about oral health and accessing oral care services.

 

We provide Dementia friendly environments to enable our patients to access Oral Care with as much ease and as possible. For some service users who have more complex needs due to dementia, dental check-ups and simple treatments may be available as a home visit. Each individual is assessed independently for this service once a referral is received.

Community Dental Services are ONLY available to current patients and those who are referred by their dentist, or healthcare worker

 

To access our specialist services please be sure to contact your current dentist, or healthcare professional.

 

 

 

When to use this service...

  • Do you or someone you care for find it difficult to communicate with those around them?
  • Does your/their disability impact on your ability to accept dental care?
  • Would they be able to understand and consent to their treatment or would others need to make a decision in their best interest?
  • Do you/they require assistance to carry out and maintain oral hygiene?

You may be eligible to be treated by our service. We accept referrals from General Dental Practitioners and Health Care Professionals. Ask about being referred to us for your dental treatment.

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How to find us

Gloucestershire Community Dental Service have seven specialist sites across the county. For details and clinic opening times use the searchable map opposite or click 'Find our clinics'.

 

 

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Information for professionals

If you are a general dental practitioner or healthcare professional, you can find out more about our criteria for referring patients in the section below.

 

Information for professionals

 

 

 

 

The role of the Community Dental Service has developed over the last few years and we are commissioned to provide special care dentistry for adults and children in Gloucestershire. We have a central system for all referrals, which are triaged by a senior clinician prior to being accepted onto the waiting list. Patients are then offered an appointment at a clinic that has appropriate facilities for their particular needs.

The Service is led by a specialist in special care dentistry, but patients will be booked with a dentist appropriate to their needs as identified within the referral. Patients should be informed they are being referred to the special care dental service.

 

 

 

 

Referral information

 

 

 

Referral criteria for patients varies per service.

You can request access for your patients using our online referral forms.

Information for both can be seen on our referral page.

 

 

 

Community Dental Services are ONLY available to current patients and those who are referred by their dentist, or healthcare worker

 

To access our specialist services please be sure to contact your current dentist, or healthcare professional.

 

 

 

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