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Dental Services

We provide a range of NHS dental services in the community.

These include:

  • Urgent/emergency dental services at dental access centres in Bury, Oldham and Rochdale
  • Community dental services - for people who require additional support, including those with learning difficulties, who have complex medical histories or those receiving end-of-life care

Our services

We provide community and urgent/emergency dental services across Bury, Oldham and Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.

The Community Dental Service (CDS) provides treatment and care for individuals who have special requirements that cannot be met by a general dentist. The service offers sedation and general anaethetic services. We also offer home visits and services are fully accessible for disabled users. 

Urgent and emergency dental care is available in Bury, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, and Oldham. These services are for people who have an urgent issue and can't get a same day appointment with their own dentists (or they don't have one). 

A Minor Oral Surgery service is also available in Bury.

Accessing our services

Community Dental Service

Patients are referred to the Community Dental Service by letter from their own dentist, or by another healthcare professional such as a GP, health visitor or school nurse.

When the referral is received, an acknowledgement letter is sent out and an appointment will be made as soon as one becomes available.

Urgent or emergency dental care

Appointments for the Dental Access Centre in Bury and Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, and the Dental Emergency Service at Oldham, are allocated on a daily basis. Patients are advised to contact their local centre at the earliest opportunity on the day they require treatment.

This is not a drop-in service.  The service operates through an appointment system, however we will always try to be flexible and accommodate requests outside of the booking process where possible. Treatment is for urgent complaints only and is provided under NHS regulations.

Minor Oral Surgery – Bury

Patients are referred for the Minor Oral Surgery service by their own dentist. When the referral is received the next available appointment will be allocated over the telephone.

Please try to keep your appointment or let us know in good time if you cannot attend.

Contact details and opening hours

If you need an emergency dentist during normal working hours (Monday to Friday) contact our dental access centres on the numbers below:


Community Dental Service
Dental Access Centre 


Community Dental Service
Dental Emergency Service 

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale

Community Dental Service
Dental Access Centre 

Tameside and Glossop

If you live in the Tameside and Glossop area the following service are available: 

• Dental In-Hours Urgent care service (between the hours of 8am-6pm) contact 0161 476 9649
• Dental Out-of-Hours Urgent care service (between the hours of 6pm-10pm Mon-Fri and 10am-10pm weekends & bank holidays)contact 0161 337 2246
• To find a dentist for non-urgent/routine dental treatment contact 111 or visit

Out of hours services

For emergency dental advice out of hours, contact the NHS emergency and urgent care advice line on 111.


If you wish to refer yourself to one of the above services please email

If you are a dental practitioner wishing to refer a patient please visit

For other health professionals wishing to refer a patient to the service, or for patients to self-refer, please see the referral criteria and referral form below.   

Referral Criteria

Referral Form

Oral Care referral forms can be sent by post or e-mailed to:


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