Our team on the move

As we prepare to move into the new clinic on November 8 we migrated to a city location for our first week of intensive preparation work for our new home with everyone from the team. Thanks to Alan Tomkins and his staff at Urban Bar and Brasserie in St Vincent’s Place for hosting our week of team familiarisation and new clinic preparation. We had the perfect venue and our lunch breaks were very tasty indeed. All helped us keep focused to get through our agenda.

Team heads outdoors

Outdoor training

The team enjoy some outdoor activities

The team headed to Ayrshire – and in particular Cowan’s Law at Moscow for some outdoor exercise and fun. We tried our hands at a spot of clay pigeon shooting. After a week of intense indoor work it was the ideal end to our first training week for the new clinic. Thanks to Jay Steel for hosting our outdoor session – the food and hospitality was great.

Best Young Dentist finalist

Philip has been named as a finalist in the Best Young Dentist category in the Dentistry Awards 2010. These prestigious awards attract entries from all over the country. The whole team is delighted with the news and excited about the prospect of the finals in December.

Logo for Dentistry Awards

Philip named as contender in finals

New team gathering

Most of our new clinic team gathered today for a team-familiarisation day. The dentists gave a presentation, our PR and marketing advisor did a presentation and we met some of our equipment suppliers. There was great energy in the room and huge positivity about our move into the new clinic on Nov 8!

Group of dentists, dental nurses and reception team members

Some of the team from the new clinic line-up

The Italian job

I recently wrote an article about the technique of immediate implant placement and it seems to have caught the attention of some of my international colleagues from the dental world. The editor of Dental Tribune International, a Germany-based group which publishes dental media worldwide to an audience of more than 600,000 dentists in 91 countries contacted me. It seems that the Italian co-ordinators of the publishing group want to reproduce the article after having it professionally translated. All going well it should appear in Dental Tribute Italian Edition.

Looking good…

The exterior of the new clinic has had a big boost with the re-installation of the restored shiny black painted ironwork. Looks great. The garden’s been given a bit of a makeover too…now the signage to be completed and all the outside stuff will be complete. These buildings were built to last and it’s brilliant being able to restore the appearance of the exterior as well as the interior makeover during the project.

It’s a date!

We’ve got an official moving-in date for our new clinic. We’re all systems go for welcoming our patients on Monday, November 8. Progress is being made at a fair rate of knots and each day when I visit I see something new and different. The countdown to the new clinic opening is really underway.
It’s all very exciting.
As with any renovation work much of the time-consuming work is “behind the scenes” but we’re almost done with all that particular type of task and we’re heading towards the actual “fit-out”.

Decade of dentistry

Just been to a 10 year reunion for my dental class of 200. Great to meet up with all my former student colleagues from Glasgow University – some of whom had come a long way for the gathering in the city.  Brilliant to catch up with who’s done what and who’s working where etc.  I was able to share news about my new clinic project and  some of the further studies I’ve embarked on in the field of implant work. The reunion was a huge success.

Rugby top boosts charity funds

One of the charities we’ve recently helped is the Scottish Association for Cleft Lip and Palate. The group held its West Coast Charity Ball at the beginning of the month and raised £4000. The clinic donated a signed Scottish rugby top – autographed by the team that defeated Australia last year. We’re delighted to help support the charity which continues to promote excellence in cleft lip and palate management.

Silver lining

Infection control and hygiene are of crucial importance in the planning of the new clinic. Simon Mullen of Urban Life, our contractors, sourced a special antibacterial paint for the clinic surgeries. The Microbarr paint has a high silver content which forms part of the surface film, preventing any bacterial multiplication. This means we’ll have a high level of cross infection control in our clinical environment. The paint inhibits the growth of E.Coli and MRSA and contains fungicide and algicide. This can all help prevent/decrease infection risk and is a fantastic top-up to our already stringent hygiene measures for the new clinic.