Tayside and Central Scotland

£1.8m Clackmannanshire dental practice Macdonald and Morson to open

A £1.8m dental practice in Clackmannanshire town, which will be the biggest practice of its kind in Scotland, is set to open its doors.

The Macdonald and Morson Dental Care in Alloa will treat 12,000 patients, both private and NHS.

The practice is moving into a new 11,500 sq ft purpose-built facility.

Patient numbers are expected to increase by about 20%, helping to tackle an unmet need for dental care in the local area, the practice said.

The practice hopes to reduce waiting times for patients, and increase the number of NHS registrations in can accept.

The new building will be fitted with equipment including a local decontamination unit, an area separate from the surgery where all used equipment is sterilised before future use.

The practice, which currently employs four dentists and three hygienists, is recruiting seven new staff as a result of increased capacity, including two dentists and a hygienist. In total, the practice will employ a team of 30 staff.

Charles Macdonald, senior partner and co-owner of Macdonald and Morson Dental Care, said: "Building premises from scratch is allowing us to expand significantly, and increase our service provision.

"Widening access to dental care is key to tackling Scotland's poor record on oral health."

Funding for the new practice came from a loan from Clydesdale Bank, NHS Scotland and the practice's owners, Dr Charles B Macdonald and Dr Gordon P Morson.