DENTIST Graham Legg will have plenty of time to sink his teeth into cycling – he’s set to retire at the end of this month.
The 59-year-old currently works at the Havant Health Centre, in Civic Centre Road, Havant.
But after doing the job for 35 years, Dr Legg has decided to retire.
He said:‘I qualified in 1977 and my first job was at a practice in Cowplain.
‘Then I spent several years working in hospitals around the country.
‘I came back to this area and joined whichever health trust was in at the time 30 years ago and have remained since.’
Dr Legg specialises in prosthodontics, which focuses on fixed and removable dentures and implants.
‘I have had a lot of patients in my career,’ he added.
‘I also go out on home visits.
‘Sometimes it’s funny because I almost end up in bed with them to check their teeth.
‘But there’s always a nurse present as a chaperone!’
And one patient who is extremely grateful for Dr Legg’s work is Den Fletcher.
The 76-year-old, of Bredenbury Crescent, Paulsgrove, said that for 30 years he was unable to eat properly because of various dentures giving him pain.
But that all changed when he met Dr Legg two years ago and was fitted with new dentures.
Mr Fletcher said: ‘This man has changed my life.
‘Thanks to him I’m able to eat all sorts of food. He’s a fantastic man.’
Dr Legg worked at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, for 15 years, which he said he enjoyed.
He said: ‘At QA I was involved with head and neck cancer patients, which was very rewarding.
‘Patients will have had their jaws removed and I worked to repair that.
‘I will miss the patients and staff very much.’
Dr Legg is a keen cyclist and is looking forward to getting out and about on his bike a lot more once he retires.
He said: ‘I love cycling and that’s one of the things I will be doing a lot more.’
He also plans to focus on building projects and spending time with three-month-old grandaughter Lily, and his dentist wife Ursela, who retires in December.