Urgent dental care in the South East

To help limit the spread of coronavirus all routine NHS and private dentistry has stopped.

The NHS is continuing to provide urgent and emergency dental care. This is available to both NHS and private patients. If you have a dental emergency please call your dental practice during their normal opening hours for further advice. If you do not have a regular dentist, you can search for a local dentist on the NHS website at and call them.

When you call, a member of the dental practice team will carry out a telephone assessment with you to assess your dental needs. They are able to offer advice or prescribe medication to relieve any pain or to treat an infection.

If the dental team believes that you need to be treated urgently, they will refer you to a local urgent dental care hub.

The hub will carry out a further assessment of your dental and Covid-19 status and if required may call you in for treatment.

The hub will also provide you with information prior to the appointment about arrangements for treatment which meet the social distancing requirements.

If you have a dental emergency outside of normal surgery opening hours you can call 111 for advice and information on your local out-of-hours emergency dental service.

Note: the NHS England and NHS Improvement South East Region covers Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. There are 36 urgent dental care hubs in place across the South East region in the following locations:

  • Reading
  • Slough
  • Maidenhead
  • Bracknell
  • Headington, Oxford
  • Cowley, Oxford
  • Witney
  • Banbury
  • Aylesbury
  • Newport Pagnell
  • Basingstoke
  • Winchester
  • Gosport
  • Andover
  • Fareham
  • Southampton
  • Portsmouth
  • Ryde
  • Cowes
  • Guildford
  • Redhill
  • Weybridge
  • Crawley
  • Haywards Heath – site 1
  • Haywards Heath – site 2
  • Chichester
  • Brighton – site 1
  • Brighton – site 2
  • Battle
  • Chatham
  • Ashford
  • Maidstone
  • Ramsgate
  • Canterbury
  • Larkfield
  • Rochester

Updated: 23 April 2020