Her Majesty The Queen to attend official opening of dental hospital
Her Majesty The Queen will be officially opening Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry Thursday 19 November.
Accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty will be taken on a guided tour around the facilities by staff and students.
‘The first class public facilities at the new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry symbolise everything we want to achieve as a provider of high quality healthcare services,’ Tracy Taylor, chief executive of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, said.
‘We are committed to working with partners to provide first class care and treatment for all the communities we serve in modern, accessible locations with high quality facilities.
‘This is a real success story that shows how partners from different sectors can together deliver value-for-money infrastructure projects that meet the needs and expectations of public and practitioners.’
First dental hospital in 40 years
The new hospital is the first stand-alone dental hospital and school to be built in the UK for almost 40 years.
The facilities, which have cost £50m to develop, have been built to benefit both university staff and more than 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students each year and will open for the public in early 2016.
‘This new building will be a state-of-the-art home for our world-class teaching and research,’ Professor Philip Lumley, head of the School of Dentistry at the University of Birmingham, said.
‘Not only will the people of the city and region be able to access first-class treatment within this building, but we will be training the dental team of the future right here as well.
‘This educational offering combined with the ground-breaking research that is carried out by our staff will allow us to develop further innovations to underpin the oral and dental health of the region and beyond.’