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Local councillor Paul Eadie cuts the ribbon at the official opening

'Supermarket' dentist opens

IDH open first NHS dental practice in a supermarket in Britain

The first NHS supermarket dental practice in the UK has been opened at the Tesco Extra store in Corstorphine.

Owned and operated by Independent Dental Holdings (IDH), the practice is the first venture of its kind in Scotland following similar private partnerships in England.

Sainsbury's and Boots stores in Manchester and London have opened private dental practices, but this is the first NHS practice in a retail environment in Britain.

IDH will rent the space from Tesco, who built the shell next to their in-house opticians for IDH to fit out and equip. With 1,200 patients signed up before the practice opened its doors, IDH and Tesco are hoping that the accessibility and convenience of its location will see the patient list grow.

The practice will open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm on Saturdays and noon to 6pm on Sundays. It will be open every day apart from Christmas day. The dentists will be Glasgow graduate Fiona Marriott, Spaniard Jose Romero and Dundee graduate Maksad Al-Nakib.

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