First supermarket NHS dental practice opens in the UK

The face of dentistry changed when Lib Dem Councillor Paul Edie officially opened Britain’s first NHS dental practice located within a supermarket.

The Tesco Extra store in Corstorphine, Edinburgh, was declared open for the business of dental care, carried out by leading dental group IDH.“There’s a crying need for NHS dentistry not just here but throughout the whole of Scotland,” said Mr Edie, Councillor for Corstorphine. “I’m delighted that we’ve got a new NHS practice here and over 1,200 people queuing up to get in.”

Open 364 days a year, from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and throughout weekends, the store brings accessibility to a new level. Matt Jackson, Director of Private and Specialist at IDH, said, “There is a need for good, accessible dentistry in this 24-hour society, and supermarkets provide the perfect opportunity for that.”

The new practice, which has one part-time and two full-time dentists, provides NHS treatment with affordable private options, as well as high-end dentistry such as implantology, facial aesthetics and CAD/CAM technology.

The flagship store has the potential to operate 24 hours a day and rollout to further Tesco sites.

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