Ear, nose, throat, sleep, balance and hearing services have moved to join dental services at the new Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals 

08/10/2019 00:00 
All outpatient services from the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital have moved to the new Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals, Huntley Street, WC1 6DG.

Theatres, wards, sleep diagnostics and allergy day-case services will continue to be based at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital on Gray’s Inn Road until 2020.

The new hospital builds on the combined heritage and excellence of the two institutions, the Eastman Dental Hospital and Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, which now call it home.

Working with our academic partner UCL, the clinical research work will continue to be a big focus. For instance, the REGAIN hearing trial is working to see if drugs can treat damage to the sensory hair cells in the cochlea. This damage is a major cause of hearing loss acquired later in life.

Patient Debra Baker, from Islington, took part in the trial after wearing hearing aids for four years, which she said weren’t always ideal. She explained: “If I’m in a crowd, I don’t always catch what people are saying, or if someone’s a little distance from me and they speak to me, I don’t always hear them.” The first stage of the trial has so far proved successful and the second phase is currently underway.

Dental services have been open in the new building since 1 October 2019. Patients and staff are enjoying the new surroundings. The new dental education centre in the Mortimer Market centre is also open. This centre includes dental simulation to replicate a range of dental procedures (supported by UCLH Charity). 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.”

Marcel Levi, Chief Executive said: “It has been a busy and exciting time as we open our new hospital. I am delighted that all outpatient services and staff have now moved and we are treating patients in our new hospital. With the latest technology, new dental chairs and imaging equipment, the hospital shows the NHS at its very best. Here patients will be treated by the same expert clinical teams but in a much more modern environment allowing further improvements to their care.

I would like to thank our neighbours for the bearing with us during the building project. We are also very grateful for the understanding of patients during the move. Finally, I would to like thank our staff for their hard work in ensuring the hospital opened on schedule and our patients continue to receive the very best care and treatment."

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