Clyde Munro acquires 80th practice

19 April, 2023 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

Clyde Munro, the Scottish dental practice group, is celebrating a significant milestone after securing its 80th practice in the eight years since its expansion plans were set in motion.  

The surgery, New Cross Dental Care, has been serving the local people of Hamilton for more than 40 years and will continue to do so, with the established team of dentists, dental hygienists and support staff remaining in place under the new ownership.  

Clyde Munro is spearheaded by entrepreneur, Jim Hall, who has his sights set firmly on continuing to grow the group across Scotland for both NHS patients and private patients.

He said: “The acquisition marks a significant milestone for Clyde Munro and its expanding portfolio of clinics across Scotland. [It] adds to our cluster of practices that can utilise our specialist treatments and referrals centre within the region.”

New Cross Dental Care provides dental care services for over 4,500 patients in the Hamilton and surrounding area – more than 4,000 of those are registered as NHS patients.

He added: “It really is testament to the passion and ambition throughout our organisation, the zest to be the best in the industry and the determination to provide sector-leading care and service to the people of Scotland – from Orkney right down to the Borders.”

Clyde Munro is investing more than £2.5 million in dental scanners, digital learning and development tools and recently made a significant investment in its purpose-built skills academy in Perth that aims to bring world-class specialists and skills to dentists in Scotland.  

“Clyde Munro is leading the field when it comes to digital dentistry and investment in Scotland and this is for the benefit of the dentists and our patients,” said Mr Hall. “We are able to offer more advanced procedures with improved accuracy that will ultimately create shorter waiting times and more availability across the board.

“Similarly, the benefit for the patient care experience is enormous. Patients can access world-class care at local practices, they can be assured that procedures are done accurately and efficiently through digital techniques making it a much more streamlined process for all involved. And, patients can access dentists much more readily because digital technology allows procedures to be carried out more efficiently. 

“One of the benefits that comes with being part of the Clyde Munro group is being able to access a suite of digital technology for both private and NHS patients that might otherwise be unattainable for independently owned clinics, and in particular NHS practices. Additionally, all of our practices can access the skills development and bespoke training available through the Perth Academy.”   

The dental group is committed to providing sector-leading care for NHS patients, as well as private patients. Currently the group provides services for more than 600,000 patients, with the majority of patients being registered NHS patients. 

Clyde Munro operates throughout Scotland with practices providing services in rural communities such as Orkney, Thurso, Oban and Fort WIlliam. The group has a strong central belt presence with a range of clinic in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the surrounding areas, and a portfolio of southerly practices that stretches as far as Galashiels in the Scottish Borders.   

“NHS dentistry is invaluable to the people of Scotland and we are absolutely committed to providing those services to our patients across the group,” he said. “There are sector-wide challenges that we must address head on but I am confident that through our support programmes for VT’s – final year dentists – and young dentists we will continue to provide a quality route for dentists at the start of their career.  

“In addition to this, we strive to provide aspirational careers, access to specialisms and skills for our more experienced dentists through the innovative training academy we recently launched in Perth.”  

Clyde Munro operates across Scotland providing routine and specialist dental services for NHS and private patients. The group employs over 250 clinicians and 600 support staff and is committed to the recruitment and retention of talented dental professionals across the sector.  

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