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National award for North medics.

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 earlier this month.

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."

Dr McKenna, consultant in palliative medicine at the Freeman, said: "We feel strongly that our collaborative approach to the improvement of palliative care for patients within the heart and lung transplant journey has already made a significant positive impact on a large number of patients and their families."

And Professor Clark, consultant cardiothoracic and transplant surgeon, added: "Winning the Dundas Medal reflects incredibly well on our innovative end of life and cardiothoracic transplant surgical services.

"We are very proud of what we have achieved through our close partnership to benefit the patients waiting for heart or lung transplants in Newcastle."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 21, 2018
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