SHEFFIELD husband and wife dental surgeons Roger and Rachel Limb have retired after 34 years.
The couple, who met while studying at Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, have been treating patients at their Balmoral Road surgery since they graduated.
Now Roger, aged 60, and Rachel, aged 57, who have remained NHS dentists, have been bid a fond farewell by their patients.
And both have stood by their principles and remained NHS dentists despite many in their profession opting to become private.
In the early days of their marriage, and their dental practice, Roger did most of treatments and Rachel used her expertise on a part-time basis.
On top of that and bringing up their two children – Katie, who is 31 and a vet, and David, 28, a sales executive – Rachel did the paperwork and tended the garden outside the surgery.
Roger said he will miss the banter with his patients and dental nurses.
“It pays to have a sense of humour in our job,” says the lifelong Sheffield United supporter. “Especially when you’re treating Wednesdayites.”
The couple have been moved by the many tributes they have received. Rachel said: “When it comes to patients we have always been sympathetic, empathetic and, in the case of Roger’s jokes, sometimes pathetic. It’s nice to think we have been appreciated and will be missed.”
They have seen many changes in dentistry over the years.
“In general,” said Roger, “people do look after their teeth better nowadays, though sadly there are exceptions. But perhaps the biggest change is the amount of bureaucracy we dentists have to deal with these day. It’s ridiculous.”
In retirement the couple, who live in Ecclesall, intend to devote more time to their hobbies of photography and scuba diving. They also intend to spend time at their holiday home in Robin Hood’s Bay.