A THRIVING family dental practice established in 1964 has become the latest to be acquired by Scotland’s largest dental group – which saw off more than 30 other suitors to secure the deal.
F J Murphy Dental Clinic in Bishopbriggs has had just two principal dentists – Frazer Murphy and his father before him, Jack Murphy – and is the longest-running practice in the Glasgow suburb, developing a stellar reputation serving many generations of patients.
Now it has joined the Clyde Munro Dental Group, as part of an investment programme that has taken the Glasgow based group to 46 practices and more than 400,000 patients.
To ensure a smooth transition Frazer will be staying on as an associate, focusing on clinical care while the buyout has secured the future of the seven-strong team.
Fraser, 58, who stays just outside Bishopbriggs where he has raised his grown-up family, is delighted to have finalised the new partnership, which he believes will benefit the practice’s 3000 NHS and private patients.
He said: “It’s no secret that the running of a dental practice requires a great deal more paperwork than it once did.
“Having Clyde Munro come in to take over that management will allow me to focus on patient care again.
“Pleasingly, we had no shortage of offers, but from the outset Clyde Munro has been interested, engaged – and upfront. This process is something I’ll only go through once in my life – and it was very reassuring.
“Now the focus for me is to work with Clyde Munro to ensure patient care is the best in class and that we can invest in ways that bring maximum benefit to our patients.”
Clyde Munro is dedicated to Scotland and to ensuring its practices retain their identity and character while receiving extensive support and investment.
The practice is one of four practices acquired by Clyde Munro in recent weeks and it now has premises in all of Scotland’s cities, as well as throughout rural areas, including Orkney, Aberdeenshire, the Highlands and the Borders.
Kirsty Dace, Chief Development Officer with Clyde Munro, said: “This is a close-knit community and a well-established, welcoming practice that is testament to Frazer and his team.
“Clyde Munro takes great pride in keeping the heart of each family practice as we invest in latest techniques, training and technologies that will benefit customers over the coming years.”
Clyde Munro was founded by Jim Hall in 2015 with the acquisition of seven practices. Since then, it has enjoyed rapid growth through acquisition.
Its ambition is to become Scotland’s “local dentist”, operating an expanding network of family dentists across Scotland, with each devoted to providing the best dental care, while reflecting the needs and character of its community.