Left to right – Mr Alistair McKeown, Consultant in Palliative medicine at QEUH; Professor Mike-Lavelle Jones (President of RCSEd); and Fiona Kerr, Specialist nurse in Palliative Care at QEUH.
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and charity PATCH award inaugural medal to team acknowledging palliative care excellence.
The next Dundas medal is currently open for applications. It will be open to any individuals or teams, medical, nursing or paramedical staff working in the UK. Submissions will close on 4th July 2018.
News release – 15 February 2018 – The first recipients of the Dundas medal, recognising excellence in palliative care provision in a UK hospital setting, is the Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Team at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) in Glasgow.
The medal which was introduced by PATCH and The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, aims to recognise efforts to improve the provision of palliative care for patients when they are in hospital.
It was launched in April 2017 and impressive submissions were received from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. The team at the QEUH was the first to be recognised for its work in supporting patients who need palliative care.
Alistair McKeown, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, QEUH, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the Dundas Medal, and grateful to both PATCH and the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh for their recognition of our service.
“Our team helps patients and families across all wards in QEUH, not just at end of life, but also in optimising quality of life over days, weeks, months and years, irrespective of diagnosis.”
The medal was established in memory of Dr. Charles Robert (Bertie) Dundas, a consultant anaesthetist at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and a clinical senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen for over 30 years. He died in 2014 from hepatobiliary cancer.
His family provided the legacy for this medal to acknowledge the importance of good palliative care for patients approaching the end of life, particularly in a hospital setting. The need for appropriate holistic care including pain and symptom control, as well as clear communication with patients and families, is fundamental for those with life limiting conditions and especially at the end of life. The Dundas Medal aims to raise the profile of this need and entitlement across the UK.
Sir Michael Nairn, Chairman of PATCH commented:
Professor Mike Lavelle-Jones, President RCSEd commented: