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£1.2m takeover deal

BeDental snaps up Leith practices in growth plan

Dentist Atif BashirAn ambitious dental group has completed the takeover and relaunch of two major Edinburgh practices, and unveiled plans for further expansion in Scotland.

Falkirk-based BeDental has acquired Ocean Drive Dental Practice and Vitaliteeth, both in Leith, Edinburgh, in a £1.2 million deal.

BeDental has now set its sights on doubling in size by 2020. Atif Bashir (pictured), principal dentist and clinical director, said: “We’re excited to be growing and having not one, but two practices in Edinburgh is a huge step forward for us.

“But this isn’t about simply taking over existing practices and carrying on as before. We have transformed the technology, shaping the services offered and the patient experience around our company ethos – which is to be caring, honest and professional.

“At both Ocean Dental and Vitaliteeth we have overhauled the entire operation.”

BeDental already owns practices in Falkirk, Moodiesburn and Possilpark, Glasgow. Those are combined practices catering for both NHS patients while also offering hi-tech cosmetic dental treatments privately.

The acquisition of the neighbouring clinics in Edinburgh – which have 13,000 patients between them – continues the group’s focus on providing the best of both worlds. Ocean Drive provides NHS treatment, while Vitaliteeth is a purely private practice.

As part of its growth plans, BeDental – which now employs 70 people, aims to grow from its existing five practices to 10 by 2020 – and the Edinburgh launch will provide the template for that growth.

Investment in the Leith clinics has already exceeded £200,000, including the installation of state-of-the-art, new servers which allow medical records, x-rays and other details to be seamlessly and securely shared across the group.

A host of other equipment upgrades have also been delivered in cosmetic practices in soft tissue laser treatment, as well as injection and drill free procedures.

There have also been significant changes in the staff across both practices, which employ 21 people.

A significant hire for Vitaliteeth is Lisbon-based Dr Diogo Viegas, one of Europe’s most renowned implantologists. He will work at the surgery two days per month.

Dr Mark Simpson, recently appointed head clinician across both surgeries, brings with him 24 years’ experience as a qualified dentist in Scotland.

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