Bank of Scotland loan improves access to Esk Dental Care

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Bank of Scotland loan funds Angus dentist’s renovation works to provide access for all

An Angus-based dental practice has completed expansion and renovation works to allow access for patients using mobility scooters and wheelchairs, after securing a £200,000 loan from the Bank of Scotland.

Esk Dental Care in Brechin, founded in 1999, offers both NHS and private care to more than 8000 patients based across Angus and Aberdeenshire.

The family practice, bought in 1999 by partners Iain Campbell and Dave Gibb, recently expanded into a building next door to accommodate its growing patient numbers. The loan was used to renovate this space by introducing ground-level access, installing a new ground level surgery, widening doors and expanding the patient waiting room.

The additional surgery has allowed the practice to recruit another dentist taking the dental team up to six clinicians.

The loan also provided Dr Gary Tyler, who has worked at the practice for ten years, with the financial assistance to become a third partner.

Gary Tyler, the new partner at Esk Dental Care, said: “Before the renovation works, the only way for disabled patients to enter the practice was through a side door which wasn’t ideal. We aim to provide all our patients with the best possible service, which is why we decided to renovate.

“When Iain and David originally opened in 1999, the practice only had one working surgery, but we have now expanded to five, allowing us to welcome new patients and enhance our range of treatments.

“The support we received from the team at Bank of Scotland has been invaluable and we look forward to working with them again in the future as we continue to grow.”

Brian Kerr, Relationship Manager for Scotland, said: “The transformation of Esk Dental Care is exemplary of the business going above and beyond to ensure everyone in the community has easy access to healthcare services.

“We’re committed to helping Britain to prosper by providing support and guidance for small to medium-sized businesses like Esk Dental Care. To underline this, since the start of 2011, we have grown our net lending to SMEs by 31%, while the market has contracted by 11%.”