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Medical centre opens its doors

16 December 2009

Doctors discussing chart

A new centre designed to support medical and dental students with their studies has been officially opened at the University Hospital, Llandough (Wednesday 16th December).

The new Postgraduate Education Centre, a joint project between the University and Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board, brings medical undergraduate and postgraduate services at Llandough under one roof, offering a seamless transition from education to training for students, doctors and dentists.

The centre includes a purpose built Clinical Skills Laboratory for medical and dental education with students and medical and dental staff able to access the latest high-tech training facilities as they train and continue to develop.

It also includes a full-size adult patient simulator for students and staff to practice how to diagnose and treat in different clinical situations.

Professor Derek Gallon, Dean of Postgraduate Medical and Dental education, School of Medicine, said: "I am delighted by the opening of the new education centre at Llandough. This is an excellent facility and reinforces the commitment of both the Local Health Board and Cardiff University to the provision of the highest quality facilities to deliver the highest standards of medical training.

"Education and training is the key to excellent standards of patient care and safety. This centre is a foundation to achieving a focus that will deliver the patient issues and develop our health professionals of the future."

Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Jan Williams said: "The new centre will support undergraduate teaching and postgraduate training for medical and dental students as well as other clinical students.

"Thanks to these facilities, we can offer our students and medical staff excellent educational and development opportunities which will be of great benefit to patients in the long term."

The new Centre forms part of a series of major investment in facilities by the University to support medical students with their studies.

In the past year, medical students on the Heath Park campus have benefited from the opening of a well-equipped, modern lecture theatre building as well as the IVLounge offering a high quality coffee shop environment for all students.

Work is also planned to develop a new Medical Education Centre. The Centre will offer a new library, clinical skills and simulation laboratories and seminar space to students of all the healthcare schools on Heath campus.

Once completed, the library will also integrate the present Duthie and Ty Dewi Sant libraries. The new library, the new high-tech simulation suites and other study areas will be open to students around the clock. There will also be room for postgraduate teaching, giving students a sense of continuity in their studies.

All the student support services will also transfer from the main Heath building to the new building making space available in the main building for the University’s partners in the NHS.

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