Singaporeans will soon have better access to a range of specialised dental services, with the opening of the new National University Centre for Oral Health.
The centre at Kent Ridge is slated to be completed in 2019, and it will be able to accommodate about 500 patients per day when it is fully operational – up by 40 per cent from the current capacity.
It will be Singapore’s second specialty centre for dentistry – the first being the National Dental Care Centre of Singapore, announced Health Minister Gan Kim Yong at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new centre on Monday morning (Sep 21).
It will have treatment rooms designed and equipped with the necessary facilities for patients with complex medical conditions, mobility impairments, and patients with special needs.
With this latest development, the public can look forward to receiving subsidised specialist dental care, complementing the services provided by the National Dental Centre Singapore.
The location of the Centre for Oral Health at Kent Ridge also enables it to provide multi-disciplinary treatment and seamless patient care, working closely with the services provided at adjacent clinical facilities and departments.
The new building will also house the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Dentistry. With its expanded facilities, the school will be able to increase its annual undergraduate intake from 54 to 80 per year by 2021.
The centre will also invest in new educational technology by using virtual reality and interactive devices to train undergraduates in clinical procedures.