History

1935

Dental practice established

16th June 1935

Dental practice established

Miss Jean Suttie set up the original practice in the home of her parents at 1425 Pollokshaws Road, a detached cottage opposite Shawlands station. Her father was a french polisher, based in Kilmarnock Road. Operating from the ground floor back room, one of the front rooms functioning as a waiting room, the family lived in the rest of the house. She kept a few cats, who milled around the practice while she worked, often in the surgery.

1945

First Labour government

5th July 1945

First Labour government

The first majority Labour government came to power in an electoral landslide victory; promising full employment, a cradle-to-grave welfare state and above all – a National Health Service.

1948

The birth of the National Health Service

5th July 1948

The birth of the National Health Service

The NHS was established in 1948 and from the outset, dental treatment, like medical care, was free of charge to all patients. Until then dental treatment for most people was largely for pain relief and this would almost invariably mean extractions, often by general anaesthetic.

1957

George Morton takes over

27th December 1957

In 1957 George Morton bought the practice from Jean Suttie, who moved to take up an administrative dental post in Dumfries and Galloway. Like his predecessor, George initially set up home there with his young family, including 2 year old, Tom – now a writer and broadcaster well known to listeners of BBC Radio Scotland.

1979

The MacDonald and Davidson Era

30th December 1979

The MacDonald and Davidson Era

Incumbent associates Ian MacDonald and Brian Davidson bought the practice from George Morton.

2000

John Keenan & Gerard Boyle

3rd April 2000

The family practice was purchased by John Keenan and Gerard Boyle in April 2000.  Since then we have expanded our range of services and currently have five dental surgeons at the practice.

2003

Quality in Dental Practice Initiative

18th January 2003

In 2003 the practice was selected to participate in the Quality in Dental Practice Initiative run by Greater Glasgow Primary Care Trust, designed to recognise excellence in all aspects of delivery of general dental care.

2004

Level one accreditation

28th May 2004

Level one accreditation

In May 2004 we were proud to announce that we were one of the first practices to be awarded level one accreditation for the standard of care offered at Shawlands Dental Practice. The Extra reported: “THESE staff members at Shawlands Dental Practice were celebrating after being awarded the inaugural Quality in Dental Practice award. Shawlands was one of just two dental care centres to achieve the recent accolade,

2004

First Website Launch

28th June 2004

First Website Launch

Gerard Boyle takes a keen interest in technological advances and sets about registering the domain name shawlandsdentalpractice.com and building the website himself. Patients would often say to him, ‘I like your website!’ – ‘Really? I did it myself’, would be the proud response. Like they’d never guessed!

2004

Investors in People

6th December 2004

Investors in People

In December 2004 we rounded off a busy year for the Practice by achieving the Investors in People standard.

2007

ChildSmile

20th March 2007

ChildSmile

Shawlands Dental Practice was selected for the national pilot of ChildSmile in 2006. Pauline and Shona both completed the Royal Society for Promotion of Health Foundation Certificate in Oral Health in 2007 and were instrumental in establishing ChildSmile oral health promotion sessions in the practice, for parents with young children.

2017

New Website!

1st May 2017

Our initial website has served us well! However after 12 years we feel an online refresh is in order!