Black & Lizars merges Edinburgh practices

The long-established Scottish independent marks a successful year of growth by merging its Edinburgh practices to increase access to its ‘premium facilities’

Black & Lizars managing director, Michelle Le Prevost

Black & Lizars, a leading Scottish independent, has announced plans to merge its three Edinburgh practices into one flagship store.

The plans follow a successful year of investment and growth, including a 3% increase in annual turnover, despite a difficult market climate of ‘squeezed patient income,’ the company said.

The Rose Street and George Street practices will integrate into a flagship practice on Frederick Street, which opened last year after a £2m investment. The aim is to reposition the business as a premium healthcare provider by enabling all Edinburgh patients to access the ‘premium facilities’ of the flagship practice, which includes the largest network of Optomaps – an ultra-wide retinal scanner – as well as a new hearing care venture.

Commenting on the company’s growth and consolidation, managing director of Black & Lizars, Michelle Le Prevost, said: “Black & Lizars is a dynamic business and leads the field in introducing the latest technology to provide the best levels of service. We have a strong heritage of providing proven excellence in clinical skills and we are the name Scotland trusts with its eye care.

“The company’s strategy continues to provide the best health care available, and to maintain our position at the cutting edge of technological developments in the field. We are always on the lookout to expand into key geographical locations throughout Scotland and, indeed, England if the right opportunities arise.”