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  • Denise clocks up 40 years looking after town’s teeth!

    Henry James

    DENTIST Denise Forshaw is celebrating 40 years of practising in Skelmersdale.

    A partner at the Sandy Lane Dental Practice within the health centre, she began her association with the profession in the town after qualifying from Liverpool University in 1977.

    And dentistry certainly runs in the family, for as well as her younger sister, Denise has been followed into the profession by two daughters and a niece!.

    Older Skem residents may remember that in about 1975, the dental practice moved from a semi-detached house at number 77 Sandy Lane into the health centre, along with other professionals as part of the redevelopment of the New Town.

    The original dental practice was started by Mr Brown, probably more than 70 years ago making it the oldest practice in the town.

    Denise said: “Dentistry has come a long way since I qualified and along with our wonderful, highly trained and friendly dental team of over 20 we have built the business up from a two to a six-surgery practice.


    “Our manageress, Linda Fairclough, has been at the practice even longer than me - even though, as she always stresses, she is younger!”

    “The patients at our practice are brilliant - we must see about 10,000 appointments a year and they are all so very appreciative that it’s been an enormous privilege and pleasure treating them all this time.

    “I’ve loved my career and still really enjoy having a ‘catch-up’ at the surgery with the many people and families that I have treated over the past 40 years.”

    When she’s not treating her patients in Skem, Denise keeps busy working on a dental appeals panel for the judiciary and for the Routine Care Network of NHS England, as well being the current chair for the fitness to practice panel of the General Dental Council.

    And in her ‘spare time’ the mum-of-four enjoys family gatherings, painting, walking, gardening and travelling - as well as helping out in another family business!

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