Staff gathered to celebrate the unit’s tenth anniversary and former colleagues were also amongst the invited guests to mark the occasion, namely Mr Eric Nash, a former consultant in oral surgery in Prince Charles Hospital and latterly post graduate dean, Alan Griffiths, former dental programme director.
The unit was officially unveiled in September 2009 by the then First Minister of Wales, Rhodri Morgan.
Robert Davies, associate clinical director at the unit, said: “This eight surgery unit provides excellence in training for newly qualified dentists with the opportunity to begin their careers in an environment where they can gain practical experience whilst getting supervision and support from very experienced dental educators. This unit has been a joint venture between Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB and the Dental Section of HEIW to deliver not only training but also high quality care to the patients of our area.
“They also benefit from using some of the most advanced technology available and are supported by qualified registered dental nurses who have a range of skills.”
Other services on offer at the unit are minor oral surgery in a primary care setting, an emergency dental service for patients who have not seen a dentist or require emergency treatment, and sedation clinics for patients who are extremely anxious about their treatment and cannot tolerate routine procedures.
The unit also features an air-conditioned 80 seat conference centre and a large screen which is linked to video cameras located in one of the surgeries allowing members of the dental team to watch live procedures. After viewing the procedures, they are able to enhance and develop their own skills in a specialist dental training room fully equipped with individual work stations.
Mr James Coxon, senior dental surgeon, said: “I am proud of the holistic approach to patient care fostered by these young professionals. I am sure these dental professionals are going to be a superb benefit to the dental profession in delivering better oral health to the population of Wales.”