Through Sarah dalton, SciTech Editor
Having moved past its current premises on Lower Maudlin Street, Bristol Dental School has confirmed its intention to expand
The new, purpose-built £ 27million facility will be located at pre-existing 1 Trinity Quay on Avon Street, close to the proposed new university campus in Temple Quarter.
The facilities, opening in 2023, offer an exciting upgrade for students and staff, with the latest equipment spread across 7,300 square meters of space and 119 dental chairs.
The University of Bristol said the additional space would increase the number of places available to students for the competitive course by around 25%. In addition to this, the facilities will allow the school to offer new courses, including a dental nursing diploma.
The current Bristol Dental Hospital on Lower Maudlin Street, which has been home to the Bristol Dental School since it opened in 1939, will continue to be used for research purposes.
However, this expansion will also allow the creation of new jobs, including dentists, hygienists, therapists, nurses, technicians and support staff.
The choice of the new site was made by staff and student representatives, colleagues from Bristol University Hospitals, the Weston NHS Foundation Trust, Health Education England, Healthwatch Bristol and local NHS Commissioners.
A multidisciplinary team will work on the redesign of 1 Trinity Quay, to include clinical spaces, prosthetics and dental production laboratories, dental clinics, teaching spaces, staff offices and study / social areas informal.
Professor Jane Norman, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, explained: “We have been exploring options for a new home for the School of Dentistry for some time.
“The central location and easy access by public transport were important factors in our decision, ensuring that we are well positioned to provide free dental and oral care to local communities. We anticipate that these services will be welcome to help reduce backlogs at dental offices caused by the pandemic.
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“Research will remain on-site at the dental hospital, and a strong partnership between the University and University Hospitals of Bristol and the Weston NHS Foundation Trust will also continue as we work together to develop a common vision and a future model for service for dental education. “
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