One private surgery in Budapest, which became a hit with Brits going abroad to get their teeth fixed on the cheap, has now opened up in London. The clinic started opening just one day a week but is now so popular it is operating full time. And with a 30-minute consultation costing just £17.50, it is easy to see why it is already treating hundreds of British patients who are fed up with long NHS waiting lists and sky-high prices charged by private dentists.
Last night Simon Purchall, UK representative of the Smilesavers clinic, said demand had been unprecedented.“We have been really busy since we started and now we have had to go permanent,” he said. “We are providing the same good quality service with the same dentists that people have been enjoying for years in Hungary. “The only difference now is that you can have it done in the UK instead.” Promising to open more clinics across the nation, he said: “I don’t see why we can’t expand up north now as well. “The market is there and we can grow into it.”
Mr Purchall said it was healthy to have competition in the market. “A lot of dentists in the UK think they are in Switzerland, the prices they are charging,” he added. Bosses at Smilesavers have been flying Brits out to their state-of-the-art facility in the Hungarian capital for the past ten years. And after customers requested a UK base for follow-up appointments and yearly check-ups, they decided to set up a surgery over here. Mr Purchall said: “One of the main reasons why we set up the clinic in the UK was to provide aftercare. “We wanted somewhere over here for our customers to visit to save them flying out again.” The clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission. All its specialist dental surgeons, nursing staff and even receptionists are flown in from Hungary to work. Mr Purchall added: “Obviously the associated costs of running a clinic in London with rents and rates are much higher. But all our receptionists, nurses and dentists are flown in. “We are only using Hungarian staff so we still make a profit as our base wage costs are low.” Cut-price treatments include implants at £850 – a saving of £500 on standard London prices – plus fillings, root canal work, crowns and SDHpveneers. Annual check-ups cost just £50, whereas some private dental practices in the capital are charging up to £120. And braces for both children and adults are available for nearly half the standard price charged by a British dentist.
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