Her Majesty The Queen opens the new Eastman Dental Hospital
19 February 2020
Her Majesty The Queen has formally opened the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals today.
The new £100 million facility is one of the biggest specialist centres in Europe for dental, ear, nose, throat, hearing and balance services and will carry out over 200,000 appointments each year
Her Majesty saw first-hand the work being carried out across the facility’s specialties, visiting the adult dental treatment floor, the paediatric treatment floor and the auditory implant centre.
UCL Eastman Dental Institute Director, Professor Stephen Porter, said: “The new hospital will offer immense opportunities to continue the strong collaboration between UCL Eastman Dental Institute and UCLH Eastman Dental Hospital.
"It will ensure our clinical academic staff and postgraduates work in wonderful facilities and hence help enhance the lives of patients.
"The new facilities will similarly in increase our ability to generate research outcomes that benefit future populations.”
The building has been designed to maximise clinical space, while providing light and airy areas for patients. There are 84 dental chairs and 105,000 dental outpatients will be treated annually.
Chair of Prosthodontics, Lambis Petridis, said: “The new Hospital facilities are already benefiting our postgraduates who have access to state-of-the art equipment and infrastructure in a modern and patient-friendly environment.
“Our postgraduate taught programmes involve a significant clinical element where our students treat patients under specialist supervision, therefore working in the new Hospital significantly enhances our teaching, as well as the student experience and quality of patient care.”
Located in the heart of UCL the new Hospital and Institute facilities will be able to facilitate collaborative working across teaching, research and patient care.