New Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry set to open doors
The Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry is due to open on Thursday 31 March.
Following completion of construction last month, a detailed plan has been implemented to ensure the smooth transition of both staff and equipment from the existing site to its new home in Edgbaston.
‘I would once again like to thank all colleagues and partners for their patience and support during the construction period,’ project director, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust chief operating officer Andy Harrison, said.
‘The new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry will provide a fitting environment from which to deliver our internationally recognised clinical services, education and research and we are delighted to be able to welcome staff, students and patients to this superb new environment for clinical treatment and education.’
The four-storey building will treat more than 100,000 patients a year and includes a range of service including unscheduled emergency dental care, restorative dentistry, oral surgery, oral medicine, orthodontics and paediatric dentistry.
The building itself will have two sections, one wing for dental patients and the other for the University of Birmingham’s School of Dentistry, which will host more than 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
‘The facilities within the new building will be a state-of-the-art new home for our world-class teaching and research, as the next generation of dentists and dental specialists are trained here,’ Professor Phil Lumley, head of the School of Dentistry at the University of Birmingham, said.
‘As well as the first-class treatment carried out here for people from the city region and beyond, we will continue with our ground-breaking research to better understand oral and dental health and improve the lives of patients as a result.’
The new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School:
- Has a total project cost of £50 million
- Is the first integrated dental hospital and school built in the UK for almost 40 years
- Offers 154 dental chairs
- Is equipped to treat over 120,000 patients a year (ie at least 120,000 separate contacts)
- Offers world class learning and research facilities for more than 600 students
- Sits on a 1.5-hectare (6.7-acre) site, has four storeys and covers an area of 15,465 square metres
- Offers a wide range of clinical services including emergency dental care, restorative dentistry, oral surgery and medicine, orthodontics and paediatric dentistry.