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Glossop dentist retires after 41 years at same practice
Thursday 21st April 2016 @ 21:04 by Adam Higgins

When Glossop dentist Stephen Tamplin announced his retirement, patients old and new asked what they could buy him.

“It was very nice of them,” admitted Stephen, who had practiced at the town’s Station House surgery for 41 years.

“I said if they really wanted to, they could make a donation to Willow Wood Hospice.”

Many of the thousands of people the popular dentist must have treated over the years took him at his word with around £800 coming in.

When Willow Wood’s head of fundraising and public relations, John Fellowes, visited the surgery to pick up the cheque it was for £700. But in a matter of days another £100 had rolled in.

“It just highlights how well thought of he is by his patients,” said John. “We are absolutely delighted.”

Stephen’s popularity also meant he was flooded with greeting cards and personal gifts which he thanks everyone for.

When he moved to join dentists Chris Brown and John Rushton in 1975, Station House was Glossop’s only dental surgery.

Over the years as the town expanded, more practices opened, with Station House where Stephen was chief partner now running six surgeries.

Married to wife Linda, with a son, daughter, and grandchildren, Stephen who originates from South Wales, is looking forward to spending more time with his family.

They have a holiday caravan in North Wales that will definitely be used more and with a large garden at his Glossop home to look after, he won’t be short of anything to do.

Stephen admits retirement comes with a certain amount of mixed feelings, he will miss his colleagues and friends and the patients he has treated for years.

And he also admits being touched by the response.

“I developed a good rapport with a lot of patients, and friendships,” he said.

Stephen started his dental career in Chadderton where he worked for 15 months after training in Liverpool.

The family moved to live in Glossop, with Stephen playing a major role in developing Station House, and they have no plans to leave.