Essex Dentistry & Aesthetics focuses on sustainability

Bluebell is set to become one of the most sustainable dental practices in the UK as we prepare to move into a brand-new surgery with the help of a £1.5m loan from Lloyds Bank.

We are primed to meet the government’s net-zero targets by implementing features such as solar panels, electric vehicle charging points, and a £250,000 investment in state-of-the-art technology. Our state-of-the-art air filtration system ensures sanitation levels similar to those found in hospitals.

Features introduced as part of the £2.5m development include automatic sensor lights, 20 solar panels on the roof, and EV charging points outside the practice. These measures have helped us achieve an ‘A’ rating for our Energy Performance Certificate, enabling us to support our patients in making more sustainable choices, with 68% of people looking to adopt sustainable practices*.

Our goal is to become completely paperless, displaying notices and advertisements on interactive digital boards throughout our nine-surgery practice. Patient records will be securely stored online in the cloud. To support bookings and online consultations, we are also launching our own app, further reducing our carbon footprint by minimising the need for patients to travel to the surgery.

In addition to our commitment to sustainability, Bluebell Dental Practice is expanding its services. We aim to hire 10 new staff members, increasing our total team size to 40. With the help of a £250,000 hire purchase loan from Lloyds Bank, we will introduce new high-tech equipment that enhances the patient experience. Our state-of-the-art air filtration system replaces the air every 10 minutes, ensuring sanitation levels similar to those found in hospitals. High-definition 5D scanners provide digital impressions, and Biolase laser technology offers a virtually pain-free alternative to traditional dental techniques. The support from Lloyds Bank will also enable us to enhance our skin and aesthetics services, including medical-grade skincare products, botox and fillers, and Emsculpt Neo, the first and only non-invasive body procedure that reduces fat and increases muscle tone.

Dr Suki Shakthi, principal dental director at Bluebell Dental Practice, said: “Bluebell Dental Practice has evolved significantly since I joined 18 years ago, and it’s important that we continue to progress as we move into a more sustainable future – our ultimate goal is to become carbon neutral. People are at the centre of how we run the practice, and our patients are always looking for ways to help the environment. Our new home is designed with them in mind and to co-exist with the local community.”

“Our ethos is that we want to help our patients be the best version of themselves, supporting them with the dentistry and aesthetics that they feel will make a positive change in our life. For us, Lloyds Bank has helped us achieve a similar feeling through the backing and belief they’ve invested in us to make our new home a reality.”