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Top doctor receives national award

A top anaesthetist at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been presented with the Evelyn Baker medal for outstanding clinical knowledge and skill.

Consultant Anaesthetist, Dr Sally Millett received the national award from the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI).

The Evelyn Baker medal, instigated by Dr Margaret Branthwaite in 1998, dedicated to the memory of one of her former patients at the Royal Brompton Hospital, recognises the ‘unsung heroes’ of clinical anaesthesia and related practice.

Sally, who works at Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, was nominated by colleague Consultant Anaesthetist, Dr Chris Mowatt. Chris said "Sally’s clinical skills are of the highest order. She remains a 'go-to' anaesthetist in times of difficulty and her spread of skills is very wide.

"We call on her regularly for assistance. We all know that when we make the call that a helpful response is waiting, we won’t be made to feel inferior and that if we need it she’ll be there. Sally frequently gives up her own time to offer assistance, whatever hour it may be.

"She does not seek to shine a light on her achievements but we know she is the best and think that others should too.

“Sally has worked in Worcestershire for 15 years and during that time she has established herself as a wise and highly valued clinician.”

Dr Julian Berlet, Divisional Medical Director said “We are all so proud of Sally and we are delighted that the Association of Anaesthetists has recognised her contributions to anaesthesia, patient care, education and as a truly valued colleague.” 

Penny Venables, Chief Executive said "This is absolutely fantastic news and so well deserved. Our key priority across the trust is patient safety and excellent outcomes. A national award for clinical competence is completely in line with this. 

"Sally is so deserving of this and recognition from her own association is particularly rewarding. She encompasses all the skills and values we are trying to promote around teaching, clinical leadership and excellent patient care. We are so fortunate to have her working with us."