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Wandsworth is the largest prison in the UK, currently able to hold 1877 prisoners. Alongside Liverpool, which is of similar size, it is one of the largest prisons in Western Europe.

The prison was built in 1851, and the residential areas remain in the original buildings. Since 1989, there has been extensive refurbishment and modernisation of the wings, including in-cell sanitation, privacy screens for cells occupied by more than one prisoner and the more recent installation of in-cell electricity.

PO Box 757
Heathfield Road
SW18 3HS

Tel: 020 8588 4000
Fax: 020 8588 4001
Governor: Kenny Brown

Operational Capacity: 1877 as of 29th May 2013

Accommodation: The Heathfield Centre (main prison) has five wings each with four landings, used as follows:
  • A and B wings – general population wings holding remand and convicted prisoners
  • C wing – VPU’s
  • D wing - IDTS
  • E wing – First Night Centre, Care and separation Unit
Trinity Unit is currently under construction and will open in a near future.

Reception Criteria: Normal reception arrangements: Wandsworth is a local male prison; it accepts all suitable prisoners from courts in its catchment area.

Dentistry in prisons

This book is a valuable tool for all members of the prison dental team, in particular, those starting out in a career in prison dentistry or special care dentistry.

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