The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Accessing Treatment at Leeds Dental Institute


There are three ways to access dental treatment at the dental hospital at Leeds Dental Institute:

Referral by your dentist

To be referred to our hospital for treatment we would require a referral from your primary care dentist. This would usually be a referral for complex/specialist treatment, assessment or advice which your general dentist does not feel equipped to administer. Our specific referral forms can be found via the ‘Information for referrers’ page. Acceptance will be assessed by certain criteria. Waiting times follow the NHS 18 week pathway according to the urgency of the referral.

Walk-in Clinic/Emergency Treatment

Within our Acute Dental Care department we provide a student-led, walk in clinic. The clinic runs twice a day Monday to Friday where times may vary due to service needs. Admittance to the clinic may be refused if you do not meet certain criteria. The clinic is not an NHS commissioned emergency clinic and it only operates during the term times of the University of Leeds.

Our main reception operates between 08:45 and 17:00. The clinic works on a first come, first served basis, with the exception of dental trauma or significant facial swellings. It is a sit and wait clinic and treatment cannot be guaranteed at any point. As a student training facility, where staffing is not available it is possible this service will not run at all.

The emergency dentist for the Leeds area is contactable through the 111 service.

Volunteer for Treatment with Undergraduates

The School of Dentistry has a limited number of places available for volunteers for treatment by undergraduate dental students or dental hygiene and dental therapy students, as part of the students’ clinical education.

If you are not registered with a dentist, you may be eligible to volunteer. To access this service you will have to register your interest, undergo an assessment and meet certain criteria.

As our students can provide only a limited range of treatments volunteers will need to undergo a short assessment. One of our tutors will speak to you about what is expected of student treatment and will carry out a brief assessment of your dental needs to see if you are a suitable candidate, or whether your needs would be better managed by a General Dental Practitioner. This does not constitute a regular dental examination and should not be thought of as a comprehensive dental assessment. Following this you will be advised as to your suitability or otherwise.

Many patients’ treatment needs are too complex for our students and it is possible that you may be declined at this stage. If you are accepted you will be placed on a waiting list for one course of treatment. The length of time waiting will depend on the type and complexity of treatment required. If that period of time is extensive you should expect to find your own means of gaining a dental check-up or emergency dental treatment if the need arises. Once the course of treatment is completed, you will be discharged. 

Treatment is provided free of charge.

Due to limitations of clinic capacity, School of Dentistry reserves the right to close access to waiting lists for treatment by students at any time; apologies in advance if we are unable to help you.

To volunteer for treatment, please visit our volunteer page HERE