Bupa has announced a multi-million pound investment to grow its dental business and become one of the largest private dental chains in the UK by 2015.
Bupa has operated dental centres since 1999 and currently looks after around 13,000 people in 11 centres. Bupa also insures or funds over 130,000 dental customers through dental insurance and cash-plans.
The healthcare group plans to add up to 50 additional private dental centres to its existing portfolio, increasing Bupa's presence in dentistry by as much as five-fold.
Ruth Chesmore, Director of Dental Services, Bupa said: "Bupa has run a successful dental business in the UK for more than a decade and we want to build on this by opening a chain of dental centres in convenient city centre locations. We have been in the business of healthcare for over 60 years, and because we have no shareholders, we can invest the money we make into more and better healthcare. The private dental market has continued to grow in recent years and as one of the most trusted healthcare brands in the UK, we know that we have a good opportunity to provide more people with convenient, high quality, good value dental care."
The private dentistry market is currently worth £2.4bn. The market is forecast to grow at 2.7%pa over the next 5 years* reflecting the greater numbers of patients visiting a dentist and accessing a wider variety of treatments.
The new Bupa centres will provide customers with high quality, affordable dentistry in major UK cities. They will be located close to where people work, with appointments available outside of traditional office hours.
Bupa dental centres are open to all and provide a wide variety of dental services from routine examinations to specialist treatments and cosmetic dental treatments, all led by experienced clinicians, working to the highest clinical standards and using the latest technology.
Bupa also offers a wide range of ways to pay, including pay as you go, great value dental insurance and 0% financing options.
Bupa already provides high quality healthcare and excellent customer service to over three million customers in the UK and oral healthcare is an important part of this. It has operated a successful chain of dental centres in Spain for the past 12 years serving over 650,000 customers with 81 dental clinics distributed throughout the country.
Owners of city based dental practices who are interested in working with Bupa should go to www.bupa.co.uk/sellingyourdentalpractice for more information.
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Notes to Editors:
*IBISWorld Industry Report, Dental Practices in the UK. April 2012
Bupa's purpose is to help people lead longer, healthier, happier lives.
A leading international healthcare group, Bupa offers personal and company-financed health insurance, runs hospitals, and provides workplace health services, home healthcare, health assessments and chronic disease management services. It is also a major international provider of nursing and residential care for elderly people.
With no shareholders, Bupa invests its profits to provide more and better healthcare and fulfil its purpose.
Bupa employs more than 52,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and the USA, as well as Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, China and across Latin America.
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