Monday, 27 June 2011

Team Building and Training Day

Longborough Dental Practice is committed to professional development for all the team and recently had a Team Building and Training Day at Wotton House Conference Centre.
Nineteen of the staff attended and the whole day was built around Belbin Team role personality profiling. There were group discussions on the balance of roles within the practice, presentations and competitive team games. All of which was designed to build productive working relationships, develop a high performing team, raise self-awareness and build mutual trust and understanding within the team.
Discussions were held afterwards to analyse how people reacted and worked together as a team. It was a valuable exercise and the lessons we all learnt will be put into practice in the Practice. Our aim is to ensure that the Longborough Patient experience is second to none and this Training Day will help us to do exactly that and provide an even better service.

Practice Manager

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

The Reverend Dr Richard Malcolm Neil Hooker

Sadly Richard Hooker passed away on Tuesday 24 May, 2011.

As many of you may know, Richard was a long serving dentist at Longborough Dental Practice and he was also the father of Alison our practice manager. 

After he had qualified from Guys Hospital he joined Longborough as a partner with Brian Calvert in 1963. He made Longborough his home and continued to work here until he retired in August 2003, having made many friends amongst the families of Dorking and surrounding Surrey Hills during his long and successful career.

In 1990 he became a lay-reader at St Giles and St George’s church in Ashtead. Richard was ordained in 1999 at Guildford Cathedral and became Reverend Dr Richard Hooker. He continued his ministry at St Giles and St George’s, Ashtead where he led services, preached regularly, presided over weddings and funerals and held services in nursing homes.

He was very popular and highly regarded by his congregation.

Apart from all of his hard work with the church, in recent years he still managed to find time to journey around the world. He loved to travel and particularly enjoyed visiting Africa.

Throughout his life he always owned and loved dogs and enjoyed many, many long walks with them on Fetcham Downs.

He always kept himself fit and was a very keen sportsman. In his younger days he was a runner, an enthusiastic squash player and loved cricket and rugby. He attended St John’s School, Leatherhead and remained a rugby Old Johnian. He also served as lifelong Vice President of Leatherhead Cricket Club.

He leaves behind his much loved wife, three children and his beloved grandchildren.

Richard will be greatly missed.