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Coronavirus: children's dentistry update


From Wednesday 18 March 2020, we will not be able to provide any routine dental treatment for children. All booked appointments for dental treatment under general anaesthesia (operations) have been cancelled until further notice. If your child has a booked operation date for dental treatment, you should have been contacted to cancel this appointment. We will be in touch once we are able to recommence routine dental treatment.

Emergency dental treatment for children

Our emergency service is limited to 9am-10.30am, Monday to Friday only (excluding bank holidays).

We will give telephone advice for:

  • major gum and/or serious facial swelling caused by a dental abscess
  • severe trauma/injury to teeth which cannot be managed by your local emergency dentist (not including broken fillings or teeth)
  • uncontrollable bleeding of the mouth.

Your family dentist should be able to help if your child has toothache.

If your child has a very serious dental emergency, following telephone advice, you might be asked to attend the dental centre at St Thomas' Hospital. You would then be expected to keep to the government guidelines on 'social distancing' (two metres apart). This guidance is for everyone, including children. Failure to keep to these guidelines puts everyone at risk. Please be prepared to answer questions relating to COVID-19. Only one parent may attend with one child.

Information and support

All the latest information regarding Coronavirus can be found on the NHS website and the official UK government website.

We are regularly reviewing the situation to ensure that the most appropriate care is given to those who need it most, with the safety of our families and the staff being out top priority.



Please visit the main Trust coronavirus (COVID-19) page for more information including the actions we are taking to care for patients and reduce the risk of spreading the infection.