The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Emergency Treatment

The Leeds Dental Institute provides training for students who want to become dentists. Part of this training involves treating patients with a variety of dental problems in our Acute Dental Care Department.

In this department, patients who are not registered with a dentist but are having difficulties with their teeth may receive emergency treatment. At this time, they may also be assessed for any further treatment needs.

If you have been assessed and your needs match with a student training need, you may be asked if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for treatment by a student. If not, you will be advised to register with your own dentist for further care. The Institute cannot offer routine treatment, except for the purposes of student training.

Please note this service is only available to patients over the age of 16. For patients under the age of 16 please contact NHS 111.

You can get advice from the Acute Dental Care Department by contacting the telephone triage service on the following phone number 0113 3436225. Please note we do not provide a “walk-in” service and appointments to be seen on the Department can only be made by telephone.

The telephone triage service is available from 9:15am to 10:00am and 1:45pm to 2:30pm Monday to Friday. If the treatment you require is appropriate for treatment in the Acute Dental Care Department you will be given an appointment for the clinic. Please do not turn up at the LDI without phoning the number first.

Only a limited number of patients can be seen on each session. If demand is high, it may not be possible to see you on the day that you telephone us.

The clinic is not an NHS commissioned emergency clinic and it only operates during the term times of the University of Leeds.

Priority will always be given to patients with dental conditions that may be a threat to their health. A high level of pain is not necessarily an indicator of such conditions.

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