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Maria Battle, Chair of Cardiff and Vale UHB (left) presented Liz (right) with flowers and gifts during a special afternoon tea with her colleagues who she trained. (Photograph: Cardiff University)
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Cardiff dental nurse acknowledged for half a century of service

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CARDIFF, UK: When Liz Hooper become a Saturday girl at a local dental office in Treharris, the BBC was still broadcasting in black and white, the English football team was considered world class and the average house cost less than £4,000. Five decades later, she is still very active at the University Dental Hospital (UDH) in Cardiff, where she started her NHS career as a dental nurse in 1966.

After having completed her training as a dental nurse, for which she applied after reading an advert in the South Wales Echo newspaper, and working in that position for a year, she assumed the post of Senior Dental Nurse Tutor at UDH Cardiff, a position she still holds today.

In addition to that, she worked as Dental Nurse Manager at the same hospital from 1996 to 1997.

According to Hooper, she has never missed a single day owing to sickness during her 50 years of service.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside Liz,” said Beverly Withers, interim Dental Nurse Manager at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and one of Hooper’s trainees. “She is well known and respected in the dental world, devoting much of her working life to dental nursing and dental nurse training including the South Wales evening course, training thousands of dental nurses during 40 years.”

Referring to her nickname of “The Oracle”, Withers added: “She is the go-to person to find out anything which is dental related.”

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Liz for her commitment and dedication to dental nursing. It is a fantastic achievement to have completed nearly 50 years of service and to have never taken a day’s sick during this time is truly amazing,” said Hayley Dixon, Director of Operations for the Dental Clinical Board at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

During her long years of service, for Hooper, the most important thing has remained the patients.

“I still see people today who I treated years ago,” she commented. “I always try to address them by their names so that they know I remember who they are—it’s important to me.”

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