FOR more than 50 years Diane Pascoe has been delivering service with a smile – working as a dental hygienist.
But now the 71-year-old has decided to retire from a career she has dedicated her life to.
For the past 15 years, Diane has been working at the Whiteley Dental Practice, in Parkway, Whiteley.
Mrs Pascoe has always worked in the medical field, but was attracted to dentistry because of the interaction with patients.
And at 19, she was one of the youngest dental hygienists to be trained.
Her training was done with the Royal Air Force.
She said: ‘I started my career as a medical researcher, when antibiotics were in their infancy.
‘It was an interesting job, and I enjoyed it, but they also gave us opportunities for further education.
‘I started training as a dental hygienist and found I was dealing with people.
‘It was something I instantly enjoyed and trained to become a hygienist with the RAF in Bristol.’
After working at other dental practices, Mrs Pascoe decided to work for Ian Capewell, who owns the Whiteley practice. It was here that Mrs Pascoe, of Eastleigh, decided to end her career.
She said: ‘I have loved working here, and it’s been fun.
‘But now it makes sense to stop. I will miss the staff, but it will be good to spend time with my grandchildren and visiting National Trust places.’
Staff at the practice held a barbecue, and presented Mrs Pascoe with an inscribed locket, flowers, and a framed picture of the team.
Ian Capewell, practice owner, said: ‘Diane has been here since the beginning. She was a very conscientious nurse, and totally dedicated to her job.
‘She was one of the youngest dental hygienists in the country and I’ve had the privilege of knowing her for 20 years.
‘She had a good way with the patients and she will be sorely missed by us and the patients.
‘She will be a hard act to follow, and we wish her well in her retirement.’