Time capsule sealed within our new hospital building 

13/03/2018 00:00 
A time capsule capturing the essence of the NHS in its 70th year was placed in our new Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals building which is due to open next year.

Patients Joe Palmer, age 14, who has hypodontia and is missing 10 adult teeth, and Jeanann Doyle, who is 30 and had a cochlear implant, were at the sealing ceremony and placed stories of their care into the time capsule.

The capsule also includes dental moulds, penicillin, x-rays and a model of a cutting edge cochlear ear implants.

Joe said: “Without the help of the Eastman Dental Hospital, I wouldn’t be able to smile or eat properly and I’d have no confidence. My life would be very difficult.”

Jeanann said “I am so proud and blessed to have the hospital team around me. My life has changed so much for the better. It is like I have been born again with new ears.”

Deputy Leader of Camden Council,Councillor Patricia Callaghan also attended.

She said "Our National Health Service is world famous and we're so fortunate to have some of the very best hospitals here in Camden. Our priority as a council is to support the NHS by putting in place the support, facilities and opportunities to help people remain independent for longer, improve their mental health and live a healthy, active life amidst our strong communities.”

The new facility brings together the services currently provided at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital and Eastman Dental Hospital currently based on Gray’s Inn Road.

The new building on Huntley Street, is being constructed on the site of the old Royal Ear Hospital, where cochlear implants were developed 35 years ago. Since then almost 1,500 adults and children’s lives have been transformed by the RNTNEH teams.

UCLH Chairman Lord Prior said: “With the NHS turning 70 this year, we are celebrating all of the fantastic care and treatment these two hospitals have innovated over the decades.

“As we look forward, I am confident this new facility will provide a wonderful new home fit for 21st century healthcare, where further developments and innovations will continue to improve patient care.”

The ceremony was also an opportunity to thank some of the donors who are supporting the development of the new building. The donations mean we can enhance patient care and services over and above what the NHS can provide, such as improving the play areas for children. To find out how you can support our work, please click here.

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