The Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals opened yesterday in London
All Eastman Dental Hospital services are now based at the new facility and the hospital site on Gray’s Inn Road is closed to patients.
The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital outpatient services start to be provided from the new location next week.
Theatres, wards, sleep diagnostics and allergy day case will remain at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital on Gray’s Inn Road until 2020.
The £100 million hospital is one of the biggest specialist centres in Europe for dental, ear, nose, throat, hearing and balance services.
The new state-of-the-art facility, where more than 200,000 appointments will be carried out each year, brings the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital and Eastman Dental Hospital together under one roof.
These two institutions have combined histories of more than 230 years of excellence and innovation.
The children’s floor has special features, such as ceiling art to distract children, to make their treatment more enjoyable for them.
In the basement of the hospital, a surgical zone has been constructed meaning that patients can have dental and ENT procedures without having to go to an operating theatre.
Delivering modern care with the latest technology
Marcel Levi, chief executive of UCLH, said: ‘Moving our two world-renowned hospitals into this new facility means we can now deliver care and treatment in a modern 21st century setting.
‘With the latest technology, new dental chairs and imaging equipment, the new hospital shows the NHS at its very best.’
Next door to the hospital, there is also a new education centre for dental and hygiene therapy nurses.
This centre uses dental simulation to replicate a range of dental procedures.
Lead dental nurse, Kerry Tilbury, said: ‘Using dental simulation is an excellent way to enabling dental nurses to learn. They can practice in the simulated environment and be confident when working directly with patients.’