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A further nine dental practices have now joined Dental Partners, one of the UK's fastest growing dental corporates.
Dentapol, a group of six predominantly NHS practices based in Dorset which have been built up since 2006 by the Drozdziel family, now comes under Dental Partners' wing.
Spread across Dorset in Bournemouth, Dorchester, Ferndown, Weymouth, Sturminster Newton and Christchurch, their acquisition boosts Dental Partners' reach in the South.
Further north, three well-established, community-based NHS dental practices have also joined the Dental Partners network – Johnson and Whitehouse in Blacon, Chester and The Newtown Dental Centre and Broadway Dental Care both in St Helens, Merseyside.
Neil Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer at Dental Partners said of the latest acquisitions: 'Our approach is to only take on high-quality, well-run practices with good local reputations.
'We always want to maintain the brand and reputation that our practices have built up over years of working in their communities as well as the staff culture. I visit every practice we consider for acquisition and the measure for me is 'Would I like to work here?' The answer has to be yes for us to go ahead.
'Acquiring practices and groups is an exciting development for Dental Partners, as we continue to forge a new and innovative approach to corporate dentistry. We look forward to the challenges ahead and to helping make a positive difference to the team and patients at all our practices.'
The company said it was now providing full support to the new practices so that they could be 'the best place to work' and deliver the best dental care to their patients.
They did this by giving them a great environment to work in and assistance with equipment, practice marketing and compliance, while leaving the clinical decisions down to the practices.