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How can I use this service?

If you have a recognised learning disability, special needs or a complex medical condition then it may appropriate for you to be seen within the service on a continuing care basis.

If you have a specific treatment need e.g. sedation, complex tooth extraction, you can be referred to the service for your treatment and then we will discharge you back to your general dental practitioner when your treatment is finished.

How can I be referred to this service?

Most people are referred to this service by their general dental practitioner, although it is possible to be referred by other healthcare or social care professionals, such as general medical practitioners, health visitors etc. It is also possible to self-refer in some circumstances.

Referrals should be sent to the Dental Referral Bureau at the following address:

Oxfordshire Community Dental Service,
Corporate Services,
Littlemore Mental Health Centre, Sandford Road, Oxford OX4 4XN
For enquiries please call: 01865 904040


Referral form

Referral for children under 3

Urgent cancer cases

If you are being referred for a suspected cancer then urgent cancer cases should be sent via the two week referral process and not to the Dental Referral Bureau.

If you wish to refer patients to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with suspected cancer please use the e-Referral Service (eRS) together with the 2WW Suspected Head and Neck Cancer form or, if not on e-RS, email the proforma to

If you wish to refer patients to the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust with suspected cancer please use the e-Referral Service or their 2WW Head & Neck Proforma.

For patients in Buckinghamshire and surrounding areas please refer to your local hospital with a two week wait oral Cancer Service.

Please note that referrals for urgent oral cancer cases should be sent directly to the two-week wait service for the patient’s local centre (Berkshire or  Oxfordshire) and not to the central referral bureau. If you are unsure of which form to use, please use the one that best reflects the patient’s choice.

Urgent cancer case referral form


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Page last reviewed: 8 March, 2022