Dental students now have access to some of the best facilities in the world after a £9.5 million refurbishment of the Leeds Dental Institute.
The investment provides a first class environment for patients and the most up- to-date facilities for the teaching and training of the entire dental care team including dentistry students, dental nurses, hygienists, therapists and technicians.
The refurbishment includes a new entrance and reception, 120 new dental chairs, a new X-ray department and 24 new surgeries for NHS consultants to provide specialist dental treatment.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Leeds bid for the investment three years ago so that the number of undergraduates studying dentistry could be expanded, and to give dental students in Leeds access to up-to-date, world-class facilities.
Dr Margaret Kellett, director of Leeds Dental Institute, said: ‘Thanks to this very significant investment we have transformed the building and provided a state-of-the-art facility where more dental students will be able to receive top quality training in a modern environment.
‘Our new curriculum and our dental mannequin unit have been hailed as the most innovative and advanced in Europe. The changes have been very well received by students and staff and we are already making a big difference to dental training in the region.’
The transformation of dental undergraduate training in Leeds is in response to an initiative by the Department of Health and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, begun in 2005, to expand training of dental undergraduates to address a national shortage of NHS dentists.
Leeds Dental Institute marks the completion of the refurbishment works with an opening ceremony this week (4 July).