A dental practice in Derbyshire has just celebrated 30 years of loyal service from one of its dental nurses.
Lorraine Bates has worked at Alexandra Dental Care in Swadlkincote near Burton on Trent for three decades.
Her remarkable loyalty was celebrated when the team surprised her in the staff meeting – held exactly 30 years to the day that she started back in February 1981.
Lorraine had no idea that the team was aware of the 30-year anniversary!
To mark the three decades of service, Lorraine was presented with a diamond wristwatch and an engraved cut crystal bowl.
Lorraine says: ‘Dentistry has changed an awful lot, there is now so much technology and new gadgets, things that that we would never of dreamed of in the past.
‘Above all, the one thing I always remember is that it’s people that matter most. I always try to make patients comfortable and make a trip to the dentist less frightening.
‘Even after 30 years I am still learning, dentistry is exciting and interesting; I don’t think I will ever get bored of it.’
Dentist Yogi Savania adds: ‘As well as providing quality dentistry, our ultimate aim is to treat patients with care, compassion and kindness.
‘Lorraine is so sympathetic and reassuring with our patients, she has seen many patients who are nervous of treatment and she has helped them overcome their fears with her kind and caring nature. She is an asset to our practice, her experience and knowledge is priceless.’