A long-established dental practice in Belfast is under new ownership and has been buoyed by a £300,000 job-creating investment.
Gate Lodge Dental Practice was established nearly 30 years ago when the Gate Lodge to Belfast Castle was acquired and converted to a functioning dental surgery by former owner and current associate dentist John McCambridge.
It has been snapped up by Conor O’Hare who worked within private practice dentistry in New Zealand before returning home to Templepatrick six years ago.
Ulster Bank has now supported the practice with the six-figure grant that will help it to grow its services and patient numbers.
O’Hare said: “More than everyday dentistry, our patients are actively seeking out cosmetic treatments. These can include dentistry work such as crowns, veneers, composite bonding or whitening, but non-surgical facial aesthetic procedures like anti-wrinkle treatments are a big part of the repertoire of the modern private practice and I see these services playing a significant role in the future of Gate Lodge.”
Currently, the practice has approximately 3,000 active patients which it serves through its two surgeries. Future plans could see the commissioning of a third said O’Hare.
He added: “We’re fortunate to have the capacity for a third surgery which would see us grow patient numbers by around two thirds, from 3,000 to 5,000. This is part of my long-term outlook and is made possible by the support of Ulster Bank who recognise the potential and share in my vision for the practice.”
Ulster Bank business development manager Paul Reid said: “We’re pleased to provide this loan facility to Conor whose plans will see Gate Lodge Dental Practice expand its treatment options, increase capacity and, importantly, create new employment opportunities within the sector.
“With the continued support of its previous proprietor and underscored by the solid reputation it has garnered over three decades of serving the local community, we’re confident Gate Lodge has the facilities and expertise required to elevate the practice and champion excellence in dentistry in the local market.”