Bathgate Dental Spa becomes Clyde Munro Group's 52nd acquisition
West Lothian-based Bathgate Dental Spa, a dental and aesthetics practice which has around 8500 patients, becomes the 52nd practice to join Clyde Munro Dental Group. Founded in 1967 and acquired by Iain Henderson in 1990, the predominantly NHS practice was, in 2004, among Scotland’s first to offer accredited facial aesthetics treatments.
The Midstreet practice has since grown to a team of 15, including five associate dentists who will all remain in place, while the sale will allow Iain to fully retire from general practice and to focus on his work for NHS Education.
Iain (62) said: “The practice has been part of my family for more than 30 years, to the extent that for many years we lived above it. In years gone by my wife, Loraine, and our two children would regularly visit patients in the waiting room.
“It was vital to me that we get this next stage right, for our patients and for the wider community. For a while now I’ve been aware of Clyde Munro’s positive reputation for preserving the values and legacy of the practices it acquires; and working with its team through the process has been especially reassuring.
“Since the start of the pandemic I’ve all but stepped back from patient care. That makes the decision to retire from general practice so much easier, because there should be no sudden shocks. Our patients will see no dramatic changes – they will still be treated in the same way and by the same familiar faces.”
A Clyde Munro spokesperson said: “Earlier this year, Clyde Munro became the first group to exceed 50 practices across Scotland – a major milestone for dentistry in the nation. With strong backing from Investec and Synova, the group set out from day one to work solely north of the border, and its Scotland-focused message has resonated with dentists like Iain who have developed strong ties to patients and the surrounding area.”
Kirsty Dace, Chief Development Officer with Clyde Munro group, is responsible for the acquisitions which drive the group’s growth.
She added: “Bathgate Dental Spa is a credit to Iain and his team. It’s a perfect example of a practice rooted in the community, providing NHS treatments to thousands of local families. We’re delighted to be adding the practice and team to the Clyde Munro family, which also marks our first move into West Lothian.”
Further acquisitions will be completed in the near future, with a further 10 practices due to join the group. As well as a presence in all Scotland’s cities, Clyde Munro now owns practices from Orkney and the Highlands to the Scottish Borders.
Image caption: l-r Stephanie Watt (Clyde Munro) and Iain Henderson