Hospital Dental Care

All hospital dental care is accessed by a referral from a registered health practitioner.

Dental care is provided at Taranaki DHB’s Dental Unit for people who require a hospital setting, such as those with disabilities, special needs and some adults.

The service supports the dental services provided by dentists, Oral Health mobile units and the local Community Oral Health clinics.

Some of the specialist dental services available at Taranaki Base Hospital and Hawera Hospital include:

  • Oral health services as part of inpatient hospital medical and surgical treatment
  • Dental services needing admission to hospital eg services needing a general anesthetic
  • General and specialist oral health services for people needing special care because of medical conditions or disabilities
  • General and specialist oral health services for persons with severe conditions that cannot be treated at a general practice

There may be a fee for some hospital services. For patients who are Community Services Card holders the fees are subsidised.

Health Professionals Documents

Referral Criteria for Acceptance by the TDHB Dental UnitReferral Criteria for Acceptance by the TDHB Dental Unit
Referral Criteria for Acceptance by the TDHB Dental Unit (PDF 57.7 KB). This criteria is designed to encompass the Taranaki DHB Dental service in its entirety to ensure equity of access and treatment across the whole region

Clinical Referral Guidelines for PractitionersClinical Referral Guidelines for Practitioners
Clinical Referral Guidelines for Practitioners (PDF 57.1 KB). The clinical referral guidelines are to be read conjunction with the overall referral criteria for the Taranaki DHB Dental Unit.

Dental Department Referral FormDental Department Referral Form
Dental Department Referral Form (91KB WORD DOC). Your referral letter or form should include a summary of medical conditions, medications, allergies, previous referrals, Community Services Card Number.

Last updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018

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