The new unit has doubled the size of the department and expanded and significantly improved services for patients – and staff .
There will be a state-of-the-art new cone beam CT scanner, 3D printer and intraoral scanner allowing digital pictures to be taken of the inside of the mouth and teeth.
Consultant orthodontist and clinical lead for orthodontics, Dr Julian O’Neill, said: ‘We are delighted that our new maxillofacial and orthodontics unit is now complete.
‘For the last 41 years we have used small and somewhat cramped facilities in our outpatients department and have long wanted to expand and improve the way we deliver our care.
‘Now our new unit means we can offer improved services for our 12,500 patients per year in a much better environment with more privacy and the benefits of the latest in digital technology,’ he added.
Dr Colin Harrop, consultant maxillofacial surgeon and clinical lead for maxillofacial surgery, said: ‘The new unit has two dedicated surgical suites rather than one which will give us the capacity to see patients in a more timely way and in a better and more modern environment.’
The unit will be staffed by three maxillofacial and two orthodontic consultants, supported by five junior doctors, 18 nurses, seven administrative staff and two laboratory technologists.
Guest of honour
Richard Martin, 32, from Burton Latimer, has been a frequent visitor to the hospital’s maxillofacial unit after being born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate.
He is the hospital’s guest of honour who will officially open the new unit on June 7.
Over 28 years Richard has had 25 operations at KGH and Addenbrookes Hospital to correct the gap between the upper lip and mouth.
‘I have had tremendous support from the hospital’s maxillofacial unit throughout my journey and I am delighted that the hospital has invested in this new unit.’
Other improvements in the new unit include treatment rooms equipped with the latest technology for oral surgery and orthodontic treatments and better waiting and changing facilities.