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The new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of dentistry opened its doors today (31st March) to its first patients.
Having been officially opened by the Queen in November 2015, patients are now being treated in the state-of-the-art five-storey Edgbaston building.
The development represents the first integrated, stand-alone dental hospital and dental school to be built in the UK for almost 40 years.
Managed by Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, the hospital is the new home for specialist dental treatment for patients in the West Midland’s.
Housed in a separate wing of the building is the University of Birmingham’s School of Dentistry, offering world-class teaching facilities and a modern learning environment for more than 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students and trainees each academic year.
With a total cost of £50m, the development is a key element of the new Edgbaston Medical Quarter and further enhances the city’s reputation as a hub of medicine, learning and life sciences.
Project director, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust chief operating officer Andy Harrison, said: “I would once again like to thank all colleagues and partners for their patience and support during the construction period.
“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.”
Professor Phil Lumley, Head of the School of Dentistry at the University of Birmingham said: “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.
“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.”