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Special Care Dental Service (SCDS)

The Special Care Dental Service (SCDS) provides oral health care for adults, young people and children who need more specialist care than can be provided within the General Dental Services (GDS).

The service is for Wandsworth residents who are not currently receiving dental care and who fit one or more of the following categories. They may be referred by health or social care professionals using the referral form. 

Any patient with one or more of the following conditions is eligible for care:

  • physical disability;
  • medically complex conditions;
  • sensory disability;
  • learning disability;
  • autism/ASD;
  • children under 16 with rampant caries (3 or more decayed teeth); or
  • severe mental health conditions.

The Special Care Dental Service is only able to provide emergency or urgent care for clients who have previously been accepted for dental care.

Further guidance and a copy of the referral form can be found using the link below.

Who to contact


If your referral has been considered, you will be contacted by our admin team to make an appointment at the most appropriate clinic. There are 4 clinics situated in Wandsworth.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm


Referral required
Referral Details

Most of the people using this service will be referred by their own dentist, GP, health visitor or other health care/social care professional.

Local Offer


What is Wandsworth’s Local Offer ?

To use this service you need to be:

  • referred by your doctor (GP) or another healthcare practitioner, or
  • referred by a social care professional

Using the Special Care Dental Service Referral Form.

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Last updated: 02 Sep 2021

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