Leeds Dental Institute shows off multi-million pound refurbishment

Dental students training in Leeds now have access to some of the best facilities in the world thanks to the completion of a £9.5 million refurbishment of the Leeds Dental Institute.

The newly-transformed facilities will be officially opened in a ceremony on Monday 4 July by a young patient who has had extensive dental treatment at Leeds Dental Institute as part of her overall treatment for cardiac surgery.

Leeds Dental Institute is run jointly by the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. It is located in the Worsley Building next to Leeds General Infirmary.

The investment provides a first class environment for patients and the most up- to-date facilities for the teaching of dental students and other dental care professionals including student dental nurses and hygienists.

The refurbishment includes a new entrance and reception, 120 new dental chairs, a new x-ray department and 24 new surgeries for NHS consultants to provide specialist dental treatment.

The University of Leeds and Leeds and Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust bid for the investment three years ago so that the number of undergraduates studying dentistry could be expanded, and to give dental students in Leeds access to up-to-date, world-class facilities.

Dr Margaret Kellett, Director of Leeds Dental Institute, commented: "Thanks to this very significant investment we have transformed the building and provided a state-of-the-art facility where more dental students will be able to receive top quality training in a modern environment.

"Our new curriculum and our dental mannequin unit have been hailed as the most innovative and advanced in Europe. The changes have been very well received by students and staff and we are already making a big difference to dental training in the region."

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