Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Medical Honour for Hospital's Transplant Team; National Award Is Given to Freeman Hospital

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Medical Honour for Hospital's Transplant Team; National Award Is Given to Freeman Hospital

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A TEAM specialising in palliative care for heart and lung transplant patients at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital has won a national award.

The Dundas Medal is awarded by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Scottish Charity PATCH (Palliation and The Caring Hospital) to reflect work done to improve the provision of palliative care for patients in hospital.

Dr Maria McKenna and Professor Stephen Clark, representing the Freeman Hospital team, were presented with the national award at The Royal College in Edinburgh by president Michael Lavelle-Jones during the College Diploma Ceremony.

Professor Lavelle-Jones said: "We are very proud to continue working with PATCH to award the Dundas Medal for the second year running and offer our congratulations to the deserving team specialising in palliative care for heart and lung transplant patients at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital."

He added: "As numbers on the UK heart or lung transplant waiting list reaches the highest point of the decade, there is a growing impact of the quality of care on offer to these patients.

"Being able to provide physical and emotional support to patients in palliative care is crucial towards generating a positive impact of the quality of life for these patients and their families.

"Whilst administering effective pain and symptom control might be at the forefront, good palliative care covers all areas of this support. It is a privilege to be able to provide respect, dignity and comfort to a patient and treat their palliative care on a case-to-case basis. "This award honours the work the Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Team at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital has achieved and we thank them for all the efforts made in this area."

The Dundas medal was established in memory of Dr Charles Robert Dundas, a consultant anaesthetist at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and a clinical senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen for over 30 years. …

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