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New £3.2m dental clinic officially opens at Kenworthy Road Health Centre

A new state-of-the-art dental facility, the Kenworthy Road Dental Clinic in East London has been officially opened by the Chief Dental Officer for England, joined by representatives from Community Health Partnerships (CHP), Barts Health NHS Trust, Queen Mary University of London, alongside clinicians and NHS colleagues.

The £3.2m reconfiguration, which has been capital funded by Community Health Partnerships will provide a modern and fit for purpose training ground for dental students from the university, whilst providing residents in north-east London quicker and easier access to free dental care within a primary care setting.

The project was made possible through collaboration between Barts Health NHS Trust, Queen Mary University of London and Community Health Partnerships, supported by CHP LIFTCo partner Infracare East London Ltd and Coleman Consult, who played a pivotal role in the delivery of the project.

Chief Dental Officer cuts a purple ribbon with a group of people.
Interim Chief Dental Officer of NHS England, Jason Wong officially opening the Dental Clinic

The new clinic will provide capacity for 20 chairs, accommodating 300 dental students who will be overseen by trained dentists, with the ability to deliver 7,000 patient appointments per year. 

It will vastly improve access to dental services for local communities in Homerton, an area known for high prevalence of dental decay and reduced access compared to national averages across England.

The opening of Kenworthy Road will not only be a legacy for the patients who now have access to oral health care and the undergraduates who get to train in a state-of-the-art facility. It will also be an example of the talents and energy of the NHS team who made this vision come true.

Free dental care has never been more important in times where the NHS is facing huge pressures and capital funding is constrained. CHP’s £3.2m capital investment will allow the delivery of additional dental appointments, closer to home, whilst enabling students from Queen Mary’s Institute of Dentistry to thrive in a modern and fit for purpose healthcare facility.

This new clinic will provide care to patients that need it the most, all while training to be the next generation of the UK’s dentists. Thanks to the high-tech equipment and opportunity for students to treat patients, this clinic will ensure undergraduates have the best opportunities to meet their clinical requirements while providing dental care to the community.

We’ve embedded sustainable and modern design throughout the development of this clinic and will also be utilising infrastructure and trying to source sustainable materials to ensure the facility is as green as possible.”

The variation at Kenworthy Road Health Centre was made possible through initial scoping and collaboration with North East London ICB and local Trusts by identifying the areas of significant health needs and high backlog, some of these caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kenworthy Road Health Centre was identified as Homerton is an area with high dental needs. The health centre itself is centrally positioned, with strong transport links, making it accessible for patients. In addition, there are existing primary care services being delivered from the health centre which would provide a sustainable opportunity for joined up working.

With constraints on capital funding, optimising the use of high-quality estate is essential to support key priorities such as recovery of elective and primary care and delivery of place-based care.

Across the CHP portfolio, there are a number of dental variation opportunities, some with the ability to convert to dental services at pace.

The variation at Kenworthy Road is a prime example of what can be achieved through collaboration with the local NHS system, leading to a solution that will meet the needs of the local population for years to come.

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