A Glasgow dental practice has been sold to a new owner for the first time in almost 30 years.

L.C Milton BDS is a three-surgery, principal-led NHS dental practice established in the city's Crookston in 1952.

Lindsay Milton purchased the site in 1994 as a single surgery, and a second was installed in 2004 after the firm experienced significant growth. 

He was appointed as a vocational trainer the following year and in 2010 the practice was extended further to create a reception area, a local decontamination unit, as well as a third surgery.

Now Mr Milton has made the decision to pass the baton and has sold the practice to experienced associate and first-time buyer, Paul MacDonald. 

He said: "Having purchased what was a single-handed practice in 1994, I extended the premises to create additional space for another two dentists and the practice grew accordingly.

"With close to 30 years of running the practice, the time seemed right to bring someone in with the motivation and fresh ideas to take things to the next level.

"Subsequently, I was delighted that Paul MacDonald shared my vision and with the help and hard work of Joel Mannix from Christie & Co, the sale was concluded in a smooth and professional manner.”

While the Barrhead Road practice will now be known as MacDonald Dental, Mr MacDonald aims to continue the high standard that patients have been used to with Mr Milton. 

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He said: “I am delighted to buy the practice from Mr Milton.

"I am very excited to develop the practice as MacDonald Dental, and look forward to continuing to serve the needs of our patients with the high-quality care and professionalism they have come to expect from Mr Milton.

"We have the capacity to recruit new NHS patients and will introduce sedation and implant services, and I will relish the opportunity to guide our team as we move the practice forward.”

The sale was arranged with the aid of business property advisor Christie & Co, and the practice was sold for an undisclosed fee. 

Joel Mannix, who is the associate director of dental at Christie & Co, said: “I am delighted to have successfully brokered the sale of this prominent dental practice in Glasgow.

"Lindsay Milton, the esteemed seller, has seamlessly passed the torch to Paul MacDonald, a dedicated dentist who shares Lindsay's unwavering commitment to patient care and ethical dentistry.

"This transaction marks a significant milestone for both Lindsay and Paul, who have not only found a perfect match in terms of their professional aspirations but also share a deep alignment in their values and ethos.

"Lindsay's dedication to providing exceptional dental services and fostering a compassionate environment perfectly resonated with Paul, making this transition a seamless and harmonious one.

"With Lindsay's legacy in capable hands, we congratulate him on a successful chapter and welcome Paul as he embarks on this exciting new journey.

“Glasgow's dental practice sales market has become a very popular offering, attracting numerous independent and first-time buyers eager to establish themselves in this thriving city, and practices like this one tend to stand out amidst the options due to the type of dentistry on offer.”