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Spring-Summer Update May 2021

We would like to take this opportunity to update you on the latest developments at Weir and McClafferty Dental Care. 

With the successful roll out of the vaccine and adherence to the rules we are starting to see some return to normality.  Some warmer weather should hopefully allow more social interactions to occur, in greater numbers, so we can start to see more of friends and family who we’ve missed during a long winter.  We would like to thank all our patients for their kind wishes, gifts and ongoing support throughout this difficult time for everyone.

You may be wondering what the impact of this has been on dental services.  Attending the dentist has been classed as an essential service.  The full range of NHS and private care services remain available for dentists to provide to their patients and out of hours services remain in place as before through NHS24 and the urgent dental care centres.

What’s changed since the first lockdown when dental practices were closed?

Our Dental team have reorganised the practice to ensure COVID-safe working arrangements and patient flow by physical distancing, mask wearing in communal areas, fallow time between aerosol generating procedures (AGPs), ventilation during AGP’s and reducing the number of available appointments. This allows us to continue working as we have been doing over the last few months.

Appointment availability

All of our dental team are now fully vaccinated having had both of our jabs.  This has allowed us to mix the team bubbles with staff moving across teams to assist with the additional cleaning and administration duties.  This has been an immense help in the efficient operation of the clinical areas.

The necessity for fallow time after an AGP means that a surgery can be out of operation for a short time after a procedure has taken place.  There is also the need to continue social distancing within the practice therefore we have made the decision to continue with two teams with less surgeries operating at any time.  This manages the number of patients entering the clinical area at any one time and creates a safe environment for all.

Team 1 work Monday, Tuesday and alternate Fridays with Team 2 covering Wednesday, Thursday and every other Friday.  We have reduced appointment capacity due to the fallow time necessity and the enhanced cleaning required between appointments.  To help mitigate for this we have extended our operating hours from 8:30am-7:30pm Monday-Thursday with Friday being a normal 8:30-5:00.  The practice receives a deep clean of all communal areas at the end of each session as per national guidelines.

If you have any issues during opening hours, please contact the practice on 01475 630396. In cases of severe pain, bleeding, or facial swelling only, out-with these hours, please contact NHS 24 on 111.

Stay safe and remember to adhere to F.A.C.T.S

Best Wishes                                                     The team at Weir & McClafferty Dental Care


About The Practice

We would like to welcome you to our family dental practice, which has been established for over 25 years.  We are a mixed practice delivering both National Health Service and private treatment in a modern fully computerised facility.  Our contemporary practice is centrally located in Gourock town centre with excellent public transport links.

We aim to make you and your family as comfortable as possible during your visits and fully appreciate any possible apprehension you may have concerning dental treatment. You can be certain that you will receive the best possible care from our trained dental team in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.


What We Do

General Dentistry is routine care provided for you and your family and involves regular maintenance and prevention, appropriate intervention and onward referral if necessary.

We believe that “prevention is better than cure” and we therefore try to guide you ....

Oral rehabilitation

Oral rehabilitation is a term used in dentistry to describe the process where a patient is taken from a position of dental disease to a position of dental health.  Dental phobias often lead people to neglect their dental health...

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentistry is no longer just about fillings and extractions! More and more we see “Makeover” television programmes and magazine articles, which promote changes to your teeth to enhance and improve smile aesthetics.

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Smile Design

It is known that a beautiful smile can help elevate personal self-esteem which when radiated helps in personal and professional success.  Yet many people are unhappy with their smiles and unsure of the multitude of options available ..

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Tooth Whitening and Bleaching

Tooth Whitening or bleaching is fast becoming the “must have” treatment for those who want a simple, cost effective way to improve their smiles.

It’s a safe, conservative technique, which ...

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are a permanent and fixed solution to missing teeth.  They have been around for about thirty years and are basically titanium screws that are fixed in the jawbones to mimic teeth.  They have the advantage ...

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Cosmetic Dentures

Teeth form an important part of our faces and can have quite an important role in self-esteem and self-confidence.  Studies have shown that people with nice smiles are more successful in life and often more likely to succeed ..

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We are an approved "Childsmile" practice, a scheme rolled out nationwide in 2009 to encourage registration of pre-school children for oral health advice.  This programme operates as part of your childs overall ..

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At your routine examinations our dental team examine the position of the teeth in the jaws to determine if there is enough space for the teeth to grow into a pleasing smile with a perfect bite.  Orthodontics is becoming much more common..

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Our current NHS and private fee scale is available on request.




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What Our Patients Say

Some Testimonials

“I have recently undergone the placement of two dental implants from Fergus. The care and commitment Fergus has shown me has been exceptional. From my initial consultation appointment with Fergus through to his personal aftercare post-surgery was second to none. I truly have gained a new found confidence in my smile and self-esteem following the initial trauma of losing my two teeth.”

“Very professional and friendly staff.  With Mrs Weir I lost my life-long fear of dentists”.

“The level of service that Fergus and his team provided exceeded expectations.   This is a fantastic practice with a extremely high level of patient care."

“I have lost count of the number of dentists I have seen over the years, all of whom made me feel uncomfortable and more self-conscious about my smile.  That was until I visited Mrs Weir and her team.   The whole experience from start to finish has been such a positive one.”

"The toys are great and I always get a sticker if I let the dentist see my teeth”