Principal owner to explore global innovation
Move comes as Tayside practices benefit from £850,000 investment
Having already become one of the most digitised dental surgeries in Scotland in 2021, with a £250,000 investment in the latest 3D intraoral scanning technology, First Alba Healthcare is going even further in its quest to provide patients with the most up to date, innovative treatments and services.
The business, which is owned by leading Scottish dentist Dr Rami Sarraf, and has two dental practices in Dundee, together with sister practices in Newburgh, Forfar and Kinross, is spending another £600,000 on a range of cutting edge equipment, including a 3D Einstein Printer, three Fatona lasers, bite recognition software, ModJaw, plus two VHF Milling Machines.
“We are delighted to announce another major technological investment by our dental business in both hardware and software applications which not only place us at the forefront of modern Scottish dental practices,” said Dr Sarraf, “but will make a huge practical difference to the services we offer our patients, cutting down waiting time for crowns, bridges and so on, whilst enabling patients to instantly see what a new smile will look like with superior ‘before and after’ imaging.”
“This is ‘serious kit’ we have purchased, having been carefully researched and sourced,” added Dr Sarraf. “Clearly it comes at a very significant price to the business, but this is one we feel is very much worth making as we push forward with ensuring First Alba Healthcare is the very best it can be. We want to care for existing patients in the best possible way, attract new ones, and attract and retain the very best staff to work and train here too, including dental graduates who are training in our digital scanning technology.”
Dr Sarraf employs a team of forty five staff and associates at his five practices which are run with his wife, Dr Ewa Plewa Sarraf, who is also a dentist. The couple have grown First Alba Healthcare since they moved to Scotland from Nottingham in 2009, beginning with 1,600 registered patients to around 40,000 patients in total; a mix of NHS and private.
Having been prominent in the Scottish dental community, and with his practices in very good hands, Dr Sarraf has now decided to step away from day to day practice and will be moving overseas to head up research and development, investigating the very latest global dental breakthroughs.
“Being partially based overseas in Dubai, and splitting my time between there and Scotland, will put us even in an even better position to introduce more technology in the near future,” said Dr Sarraf. “”n the circles in which I’m going to be mixing, I’ll be at the very centre of innovation and will be able to ensure that my practice remain ahead of the curve. I’m also more than willing to advise other dental practices in Scotland on how they can introduce the correct technology, and indeed, how they can train their staff on it.”