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Bupa announces a string of dental acquisitions


Bupa’s growth in the dental market continues at pace, as it announces the acquisition of nine further practices. The news means that so far this year, Bupa has acquired 14 practices in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

  • Bupa has announced the acquisition of nine new practices
  • This brings the total number of sites acquired this year to fourteen
  • “We’re confident in the long-term success of the dental market”

Stretching from Southampton to Northern Ireland, the latest acquisitions are key to Bupa’s strategy to provide high-quality dental care to customers in the UK and Ireland. In 2017, Bupa acquired Oasis dental care, and now operates more than 470 dental practices across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The recent announcements include Morrison Shenfine Holdings, which owns four practices across the North of England. Other practices include: MyDental in Ballsbridge, Dublin; Dental Excellence in Harewood, Leeds, Dental Confidence in Southampton; Martin Dental Care in Shawlands, Glasgow and Lodwig Villa Dental Practice in Bangor.

Speaking of the news Catherine Barton, General Manager for Bupa Dental Care, said: “With steady forecast growth, we’re confident in the long-term success of the dental market. As such we’re keen to expand our network so that we can offer quality care to even more customers, and so I’m delighted to welcome these new practices.

“As part of the Bupa family they’ll be able to broaden their referral network, and also benefit from a range of support functions, such as clinical governance and support, marketing, HR and IT. With these benefits, we’re confident that the practices will be able to grow, whilst maintaining their commitment to top quality patient care.”

Iain Morrison, dentist and Managing Director for Morrison Shenfine Holdings, said: “I’m looking forward to the opportunities we’ll have to continue to grow professionally as part of the Bupa group. With an established brand behind us, we can build-upon our success to date, while maintaining our commitment to providing the best care for our patients.”

Bupa continues to grow its dental presence at pace, with a focus on mixed and private practices providing a high standard of patient care. In November 2017 it announced the acquisition of Avsan Holdings with 16 practices across Scotland and England, while in December it purchased Metrodental, adding two premium practices in the City of London.


About Bupa dental

Bupa is a leading provider of NHS & private dental care with over 470 practices across the UK. People don't need to be insured by us to attend one of our dental clinics; services and treatments are available to everyone

We offer a wide range of dental services, from general dentistry to specialist cosmetic, orthodontic and restorative treatments. Our clinicians are highly trained and use some of the latest techniques and technology when treating patients.

We employ over 2,000 dentists and over 4,000 practice staff – together, they provide our patients with excellent oral health care. We provide practices with a clinical and customer framework, allowing our dentists to focus purely on providing good quality dentistry to patients.

Practices fall under Bupa Dental Care (formerly Oasis Dental Care), Total Orthodontics, Smiles, Dental Care Plus and Platinum Dentistry.

About Bupa

Bupa's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

With no shareholders, our customers are our focus. We reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.

We have 15.5m health insurance customers, provide healthcare to over 14.5m people in our clinics and hospitals, and look after over 23,300 aged care residents.

We employ over 78,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, Chile, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the USA, Brazil, the Middle East and Ireland, and many more through our associate businesses in Saudi Arabia and India.

Health insurance is around 70% of our business. In a number of countries, we also run clinics, dental centres, hospitals and care homes and villages.

For more information, visit www.bupa.com.