11November-King’s College Hospital has become the first hospital in the UK to provide a specialist round-the-clock, ‘one-stop shop’ service for people suffering traumatic facial and dental injuries.
The service – which officially opened last week - will help patients that have sustained major facial and dental injuries in accidents such as car crashes and violent assaults.
Patients coming to King’s will be stabilised and operated on (if required) and if necessary, remain with the Trust for long-term follow up, rehabilitation and restorative dental work. A new children’s dental clinic was also opened this week.
The dental trauma service is a vital part of the hospital’s status as a Major Trauma Centre for the Capital, which sees patients with the most serious and life-threatening injuries transferred to King’s for urgent treatment and care.
Miss Serpil Djemal, Consultant Restorative Dentist at King’s, says the new service is a major step forward:
“We regularly see patients with severe dental injuries and our ability to provide immediate emergency care, combined with long-term follow-up and rehabilitation means a better service for our patients. This seamless care will mean that a patient’s injuries, which may be numerous and complex, can all be managed in the same environment.”
King’s has a maxillo-facial surgical service on site, which means patients with jaw and facial fractures or injuries can be seen and operated on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The follow up restorative dental service means patients that have sustained major dental trauma can get the follow up they need at King’s, rather than having to travel elsewhere. This treatment often includes root fillings and implants.
Mr Robert Bentley, Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon at King’s and Clinical Director for Trauma at the Trust, added:
“This service will enhance our ability to care for those patients coming to King’s with major and complex injuries. As a Major Trauma Centre, we are seeing patients with increasingly complex and serious injuries, and our services are evolving to take account of this fact”.
King’s is part ofKing’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration with King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.