Why do we need a new facility? 

Based on Gray’s Inn Road, near King’s Cross, the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital (RNTNEH) and the Eastman Dental Hospital (EDH) together hold over two hundred thousand outpatient appointments a year.

With the RNTNEH specialising in the treatment of conditions relating to the ear, nose and throat and the EDH specialising in all conditions relating to the mouth and associated structures as well as oral health and teeth, the two hospitals have international reputations of excellence.

We want to build on this reputation by continuously improving services and developing new, innovative treatments. We are finding that the age and structure of the current hospital buildings are limiting how much we can develop services. The location of the hospitals also means that patients sometimes have to travel to other UCLH sites during treatment which often means more visits.

We are therefore bringing the RNTNEH and EDH services together in a new centre. Sleep and balance services provided at other UCLH sites will also move to the centre as well as head and neck diagnostic clinics.

The centre’s location, on Huntley Street and near to University College Hospital, the Macmillan Cancer Centre, our new cancer and surgery centre (under construction) will facilitate joint working with colleagues and improve the ability to provide one stop services for patients. Being close to UCL also facilitates research opportunities.

  • Construction updates - May 2017

  • Construction updates - April 2017

  • What will the new centre look like?

    Indicative images of the exterior of the building:

    Indicative images of the interior of the building. The top image shows a staff area and the botom image show a patients' waiting area:

  • How have clinicians and patients been involved in the design

    Developed with patients and staff, the design of the building puts the needs of our patients at its heart and provides a platform for staff to deliver excellent and innovative clinical care, in a modern world class environment.

    Our staff say:
    “Moving will be a big change, but I am really looking forward to it. The whole building will be designed around the patients’ needs and that will lead to great improvements in the quality of the care provided. We have a bright future ahead.”
    Ana Santos, deputy sister for the pre-assessment service at the RNTNEH

    “I am excited to have an opportunity to work in partnership with professionals with a wide breadth of experience in this specialist centre of excellence which is internationally recognised for its world class care.”
    Dillys Wright, Clinical Nurse Specialist, RNTNEH

    “The new building offers a valuable opportunity to optimise patient care and adapt patient pathways.”
    Dr. Navdeep Kumar, Consultant in Special Care Dentistry / Clinical Lead Oral Medicine, Facial Pain and Special Care Dentistry, Eastman Dental Hospital

    “It is a fabulous opportunity for staff to collaborate more with UCLH colleagues. We will be able to streamline services and processes which will enhance the patient experience.”
    Kate Baillie, Matron, Eastman Dental Hospital

  • Innovative design

    The building’s innovative design includes:

    • the highest standards for accessibility. The design reflects the specific needs of the patients who will be using the facility. For example, we have designed the building to work for people who may have hearing loss, sensory needs or who require special care dental services.
    • easy to navigate zones that reflect how patients are treated. For example new dental patients will be seen separately to those who are coming in for treatment
    • a floor specifically for the care and treatment of children.