Yesterday, Bupa 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 sixty 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
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
Bupa dental centres:
- Are open to all and provide a wide variety of dental
services from routine examinations to specialist treatments and cosmetic dental
- Are led by experienced clinicians, working to the highest
clinical standards and using the latest technology.
- Offer 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.
Bupa 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.
Private dentistry news: 4 July 2012