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​Orthodontic Services

The Orthodontic Department is located in the East Wing (Entrance 3) of Dorset County Hospital.

Referrals are accepted from dentists, GPs and hospital consultants and should be by letter or on a standard referral form.

​Service Specification

A comprehensive consultation service is provided offering a full diagnostic and case assessment facility for all referrals. 

In addition, advice, support and where needed a full treatment planning service is offered for those patients suitable for treatment by the General Dental Practitioners with a special interest in orthodontics (DWSI).  A follow-up advisory service is provided for these patients where necessary.

Treatment is undertaken within the Orthodontic Department primarily for those cases which fall into the complex and multidisciplinary spectrum.

All types of appliances are utilised including functional, fixed and removable appliances according to case need.

The index of treatment need is used to prioritise patients for treatment within the department with only those patients falling within the IOTN categories 4 and 5 being accepted for treatment.  In addition, only multi-disciplinary adult cases are accepted for treatment.

A comprehensive range of malocclusions are treated, including cleft lip and palate and orthognathic surgical patients.

Joint consultation clinics are held with the Oral and Maxillofacial Team on a monthly basis.  Professor Ilankovan and his team offer an excellent service to our patients.

The 'Spires' Cleft Team provide the centralized cleft lip and palate service based in Salisbury with local support from the appropriate local services. Where possible, orthodontic services are provided locally.

Management Structure

Division Director of Surgery                               -          Richard Jee

Divisional Manager for Surgery                         -           Sophie Jordan

Lead Clinician for Orthodontic Services           -           Hugh Bellis

Service Manager Head and Neck

and Specialist Medicine                                     -           Sian Jones

Business Manager Head and Neck

and Specialist Medicine                                      -           Hazel Donoghue​

​Referral Guidelines 

A complete range of malocclusions are accepted in the department for advice and/or treatment.  Patients are generally in the 10 – 14 age range, but patients of all ages will be seen on request.  

The referral form/letter should give relevant clinical details including the IOTN score, the dentists and patients concerns, any previous orthodontic treatment, full patient demographic details including the patients date of birth, the name of the family doctor, and the patient NHS number if known.  ​

Department Opening Times

Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 5pm

​Contact Details

Consultant Secretaries - 01305 255175 or 255120

Reception - 01305 255174

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