We have reached the highest point 

04/07/2018 00:00 
On the eve of the NHS’s birthday, we are celebrating our newest clinical facility reaching the highest point of its construction.

On the eve of the NHS’s birthday, we are celebrating our newest clinical facility reaching the highest point of its construction.

Opening next year, it 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.

UCLH chief executive, Marcel Levi, and Mace deputy chief operating officer for construction Mark Castle, ceremonially completed the highest part of our new ear, nose and throat and dental hospital on Wednesday 4 July.

Over the lifetime of the NHS, the two hospitals have been involved in many firsts.  For example, clinicians at the RNTNEH pioneered the use of cochlear implants in the UK enabling profoundly deaf people to hear and the EDH set up the first clinic for people born with teeth missing.

Mr Walker, who was first treated as a 9 year old in 1936 at the hospital on Gray’s Inn Road and recently had surgery at the RNTNEH at the age of 90 said “It is fantastic that UCLH are developing new facilities. So much has changed since I was a young boy and I am thrilled to see that this new hospital includes a floor especially for children and young people.”

Vivienne Fox, whose son, David Fox, has been treated at the EDH, said “The NHS and the EDH has been wonderful to David over the years. His first surgery was in Brighton aged 5 months and his newly discovered gene fault means that he will need input for life.”

UCLH CEO Marcel Levi said: “The RNTENH and EDH both have fantastic histories. As we celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, I am delighted we are investing £100 million in this new building for our patients and staff. I look forward to this new facility opening, where we will continue to improve patient care.”

Mark Castle, Mace's Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Construction, said: "This is a tremendous milestone for this project, as well as a fitting moment to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS. It's a privilege to be able to work with  UCLH to deliver a building that will make such a difference to the lives of so many people. I'm very proud of all the work the Mace team have done to get the project to this point."  

The new facility will be called the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals, continuing the life of the existing hospitals in their new home.

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