Oral Surgery (QTOSS) Billingham and Oral Surgery (QDDOSS) Darlington/Durham – NHS AND PRIVATE REFERRAL
From 20th July Queensway Dental will resume provision of Tier 2 Oral Surgery service for Teesside and County Durham.
Initially we have been advised by NHS England that we can only accept urgent referrals and any patients deemed to require a Tier 1 procedure will be returned to the referring practitioner.
Patients already in our system prior to the pandemic will be contacted and categorised into urgent and non-urgent cases and prioritised accordingly. For non-urgent cases, if they develop symptoms, they will be asked to contact their referring dentist in the first instance and if appropriate can then be re-referred as urgent.
We would ask colleagues to review the guidance released by NHS England and the Oral Surgery Managed Clinical Network regarding urgent oral surgery referrals (this includes an expectation that practitioners will undertake basic oral surgery for extraction of teeth, prior to making referrals to the Tier 2 service.)
- COVID Guidance Criteria for Urgent Oral Surgery Referrals
- Oral Surgery Referral Sites North East – Updated August 2020
- COVID Oral Surgery Referral Form
- Oral Surgery Acceptance and Rejection Criteria
Update to Urgent Oral Surgery Referrals August 2020:
For referrals to Queensway Specialist Oral Surgery services, a face-to-face assessment with your patient to discuss the rationale for referral - as well as to ensure compliance with referral criteria and take appropriate radiographs - is required before making any urgent referral.
We are not able to accept remote triage referrals (non-compliant with regional guidance), referral from non-secure NHS email addresses and we are phasing out paper-based referrals (in-keeping with LAT/LDC guidance you must arrange an NHS.net email address as soon as possible for future referrals).