Dental Excellence At Harewood – The Story.
Once upon a time three leading dentists from Yorkshire were invited to attend an Advanced Dental course in Germany. The course was in a beautiful dental practice which had been set up not only to deliver fantastic dental care to its patients but also to provide dental education to dentists from all over Europe.
The three dentists, Mark, Jon and Donald, each had very successful dental practices and knew of each other by reputation. Over a drink in the evening it was suggested that they could get together to create the same sort of practice and teaching facility in Yorkshire. This would make it easier for patients to access the very best dental care possible and allow dentists access to first class dental education without having to travel to London or abroad and they themselves had had to do throughout their careers.
It was an ambitious dream. To create from scratch the best practice in the UK and possibly beyond. Many dreams can be allowed to die, problems arise and it all appears to be too difficult but they were determined.
The first of many problems was to find a location in keeping with the dream. Finding that location was probably the easiest of all their decisions. A grand Georgian building in the grounds of Harewood Estate was available. Unfortunately for the building it was in a very run down state and had been empty for three years. Fortunately for the dream this meant that it could be repaired and renovated in a form ideal for the proposed dental practice.
The renovation was carried out in consultation with English Heritage to assure the best compromise of leading edge dental practice and maintaining the character and history of the beautiful building was achieved. After three years the dream was realised and the doors opened on the 2nd December 2013.
The fabric of the building is one thing but putting together a great team is another matter. The partners had a great range of skills and experience between them. Mark Willings is one of the UK’s leading implant dentists with considerable teaching experience, Jon Swarbrigg is an international lecturer in advance dental skills as is Donald Sloss who is the only Yorkshire dentist accredited by the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry(BACD) and he has now been elected as Vice President of the BACD. Despite their great skills and dental knowledge they recognised that to provide the very best care they needed even more expertise and they have now been joined by six local consultants and specialists covering every aspect of dentistry from periodontal disease through orthodontics, oral surgery, endodontics, advanced restorative dentistry and facial aesthetics.
Within two months of opening the first advanced implant course was run. The UK dentists who had been going over to Germany were now being taught in Yorkshire. Within a year of opening the practice swept the boards at the national dental awards picking up three top trophies. – the best aesthetic practice in the UK, the best new practice in the UK and the best practice overall in the North of the UK.
The dream had been realised! – but it didn’t stop there. Recently 30 Turkish dentists flew over to learn in the beautiful Yorkshire surroundings and patients are coming from all over the UK to receive dental treatment in the dream dental practice.
“When we first had the idea it was a big leap of faith to go into partnership in such a big project. I had great respect for the clinical ability of Jon and Mark but it was their unswerving dedication to patient care that convinced me that we would succeed. No matter what complications were put in our path the over-riding wish to do the very best for every patient was a mutual concern. This also extends to anyone who has contact with the practice including any dentist who attends courses or is kind enough to refer their patients to us.”
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