‘I’m worried I’ll lose too many patients’

Donna Hall explains the move from NHS to private dentistry and how many patients you’ll need to retain to remain profitable.

One thing that a lot of dentists’ express concern about when they first look at making the move away from the NHS to private dentistry is their patient numbers and how many they may potentially lose.

It is a completely normal reaction when considering a move. However, one of the main drivers of dentists moving to private dentistry is so they can spend more time with their patients.

It therefore comes as little surprise that there’s an inevitability that they’ll need to lose some of their patients. The balance comes in understanding how many you can afford to lose. 

What we do at Practice Plan is help you to analyse the type of private model you wish to set up in your practice. And then what this means when it comes to patient numbers and how many you need to retain a profitable and sustainable practice.  

Our highly trained team of regional support managers come with years of experience in supporting practices to make this sometimes life-changing move.  

Making the first step

So, if you’re thinking of making the move to private and want to take the first step, contact our Practice Plan team. We can then guide you through how the process works. And help you to make the right decision for your future. 

The team has experience of helping over 1,500 dental practices to transform the profitability of their business through the combination of a well-populated plan and personalised support including marketing, business advice, events and training.  


To set up an initial conversation with a member of the Practice Plan team, call 01691 684165 or go to www.practiceplan.co.uk/nhs.

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