The Barkantine Dental Outreach Clinic is a self-contained dental clinic on the 1st floor of a purpose built medical centre, which also offers GP, maternity and mental health services to the local community. It is located near to Canary Wharf in an area of high social need.
The clinic has 10 clinical chairs which are used for the teaching of undergraduate 3rd year dental students. Each year group attends for a day every 2 weeks for a morning and afternoon session, and thus on average for 20 days per academic year. There are approximately 71 students in the year group.
The clinic is supported by 3 nursing members who engage in the smooth running of the clinic and also offer chairside assistance and advice for the students. We have 2 experienced clinical tutors supervising the clinic at each session, enabling the clinic to be used to its maximum potential.
The clinic is a primary care centre and is organised such that the students attend each session not knowing what patient or treatment they will be doing. Following a pre-session “huddle” where the students discuss their patient’s treatment with the tutors, there is a 2 hour session in which the treatment is carried out. Often at Barkantine, the 3rd year students will achieve their first restorations, extractions or denture work, and as a result they value the clinical sessions. The patient list is very healthy, with patients from all socio-economic backgrounds attending.
The aim of the Barkantine Dental Outreach Clinic is to establish the sound basic principles of primary dental care and professionalism, so that the students can progress to the 4th year of their dental studies with confidence, where more complex treatments will be carried out.
Barkantine Dental Outreach Centre
121 Westferry Road,
Isle of Dogs
Heron Quays: Come out of the station and turn left onto Heron Quay Bank Street. Continue on the road past the Docklands security box in the middle of the road. Keep heading towards the small grassy park and cross through it. At the pelican crossing, cross the road and through the small yard where you have reached Westferry Road. Turn left into Westferry Road. Continue along this road past the fire station until you reach the Barkantine Health Centre at 121 Westferry Road.
South Quay: Leave the DLR station and turn left onto Marsh Wall. You will pass in front of the Pan Peninsula Building. Cross Millharbour Road. Pass in front of the Audi car showroom. Turn left into Mastmaker Road cross this road whilst turning right into Byng Street. Walk to the end of Byng Street and turn left into Westferry Road. Walk the short distance to the Barkantine Health Centre at 121 Westferry Road.
Bus route D7 and 135 stops outside the door of the Barkantine Health Centre and terminates at Mile End or West end respectively.
The nearest underground station is Canary Wharf on the Jubilee line. Leave the station at Canary Wharf main exit and turn slightly left to cross the road at the Pelican pedestrian crossing in front of the Morgan Stanley building. Once across the road, turn right onto Heron Quay Bank Street. Continue on the road past the Docklands security box in the middle of the road. Keep heading towards the small grassy park and cross through it. At the pelican crossing, cross the road and through the small yard where you have reached Westferry Road. Turn left into Westferry Road. Continue along this road past the fire station until you reach the Barkantine Health Centre at 121 Westferry Road.
There is no free parking at the centre, but several ‘pay parks’ are available around Canary Wharf.