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SNOMED CT is a structured clinical vocabulary for use in electronic health records.

SNOMED CT is the required standard across the NHS. It must be used as the clinical standard before 1 April 2020. This applies to systems used for the direct management of individual care within:

  • Secondary care
  • Acute care
  • Mental Health services
  • Community services
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry

SNOMED must be used by all other providers of health related services before 1 April 2020. This applies to systems where the flow of information for the direct management of patient care comes into the NHS.


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Dental reference data files

Dental oral surgery (Text: 21KB)Dental procedures (Text: 2KB)Dental procedures by tooth (Text: 2KB)Dental tooth deciduous (Text: 7KB)Dental tooth permanent (Text: 10KB)Dental tooth supernumerary (Text: 10KB)Dental tooth surface (Text: 11KB)