07 September 2015
UCLan dental student Matthew receives special cake from appreciative patient
A dental student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has his own sweet tooth to consider after a satisfied patient presented him with a special cake in recognition of his hard work and efforts over the last two years.
Matthew Stephens, a 25-year-old student based in the Carlisle Dental Education Centre, was presented with a unique cake decorated with a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental equipment from a grateful patient.
Matthew has treated him 37 times over the last two years for extensive work on a full mouth reconstruction treatment plan including routine fillings, replacement crowns and overdentures to improve his bite.
“It was a really kind gesture from the patient and much appreciated not only by me but the rest of the team at the centre."
The final year student commented: “It was a really kind gesture from the patient and much appreciated not only by me but the rest of the team at the centre. It was a big project and over time I got to know him and built up a good relationship.”
Matthew is a student on UCLan’s graduate entry dental programme and spent the first year of his course studying on campus in Preston before going on placement for three years at the Carlisle Dental Education Centre. He is due to graduate in July 2016.
Stephen Jones, Clinical Director for Specialist and Special Care Dental Service within Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Matthew has displayed attributes that the dental profession expects – care, dedication, delivery of clinical treatment to high standards and acting in the patient’s best interests; such characteristics will serve him well for his future career.”