Boots the Chemist is developing plans to provide dental advice in its stores, fuelling speculation that it may eventually set up its own chain of dentists.
As part of an overhaul of its stores, designers are working on a brief to create a dental health section, which would include an area where customers could receive advice from a specialist dental consultant.
The outcome of the Government’s Primary Health Care Bill, promising greater scope for the provision of health services through private companies, will determine whether Boots can develop further dental plans.
A spokesman for Boots says the company is investigating a service-based arm which could tender for healthcare service contracts, but he says any firm plans would be premature as the Bill is only at the first reading stage in the House of Commons.
He says the company is committed to developing its general dental care service.
Boots has appointed a team of design agencies headed by Pentagram Design to work on various instore projects and is also rolling out a new green fascia concept, to emphasise Boots commitment to beauty and health.