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Special Care Dental Service

The Special Care Dental Service (SCDS) provides treatment to adults and children who require special care dentistry relating to:

  • Learning disability
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Severe physical disability
  • Severe and enduring mental illness, e.g. schizophrenia
  • Complex medical history/disabilities
  • Patients requiring domiciliary care who fulfil any of the above criteria
  • Children on Child Protection Plans
  • Travellers’ children and children from homeless families
  • Looked after children
  • Children who require extractions under general anaesthesia due to very young age or children that require multiple extractions
  • Adults and children with a disability who require treatment under general anaesthesia.

NHS dental charges will apply to all patients unless they meet the NHS dental exemption criteria and can supply evidence of this exemption.


Health and social care professionals are able to refer patients to the SCDS by requesting a referral form from the address below:

  • Dental Office
  • The Annexe
  • 1A The Avenue
  • Eastbourne
  • East Sussex
  • BN21 3XY
  • 01323 444161
  • 01323 638814

Intermediate minor oral surgery service

The Intermediate Minor Oral Surgery (IMOS) Service is managed through the Special Care Dental Service (SCDS).

The IMOS service provides minor oral surgery treatment (e.g. teeth extraction of special difficulty, wisdom teeth removal, apicectomies) for adults and children, where the surgery is too complex for the referring general dental practitioner, but not complex enough for the Hospital Oral and Maxillo-facial Unit.

Full acceptance criteria and referral forms are available from the SCDS Dental Office. This service is complimentary to that provided by the hospital.

NB – treatment is provided under local anaesthetic only.

Other Services

General anaesthetic sessions are provided for patients who are unable to tolerate dental treatment due to their young age or disability/condition. The dental treatment is provided by Special Care Dental Service staff and the sessions are held at the Day Surgery Unit at Eastbourne DGH.

Domiciliary visits are provided for housebound patients.

Oral health promotion activities are carried out within the service and with other targeted groups.

Further information

Who can refer?

General Dental Practitioners, General Medical Practitioners, Hospital Oral and Maxillo-facial Unit doctors and dentists.

Where are our clinics?

Treatment is provided at the Arthur Blackman Clinic and Uckfield Community Hospital, but enquiries should be directed to the SCDS Dental Office.

SCDS Dental Office
The Annexe, 1A The Avenue, Eastbourne, BN21 3XY.
01323 444161.

We provide this service at

Arthur Blackman Clinic

Battle Road, St Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex, TN37 7AN
(01424) 857900

Ian Gow Memorial Health Centre

Milfoil Drive
Eastbourne, BN23 8BR
(01323) 766358

Seaford Health Centre

Dane Road, Seaford
East Sussex, BN25 1DH
(01323) 490022

Uckfield Community Hospital

Framfield Road, Uckfield
East Sussex, TN22 5AW
(01825) 769999