The Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Team at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow is the first ever team to be awarded the Dundas Medal by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Palliation and The Caring Hospital (PATCH).
The team support ward staff to provide person-centred and holistic care for patients with life limiting and progressive illnesses, irrespective of diagnosis.
This includes the management of difficult physical symptoms such as pain and breathlessness, as well as helping to manage psychological and family distress.
The team are also experts in complex discharges and getting patients to their preferred place of care. They work closely with local Hospices in the Community to support patients across settings, as well cancer and non-cancer services.
Alistair McKeown, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, QEUH, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the Dundas Medal, and grateful to both the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and PATCH for the recognition of our service.
“Our team help patients and families not just at end of life, but also in optimising quality of life over days, weeks, months and years.”
Notes to Editors
The medal was introduced by Scottish charity PATCH and The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in commemoration of Dr Charles Robert (Bertie) Dundas FFARCS FRCP Glasgow. Dr Dundas was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Surgery (Anaesthetics) in Aberdeen and honorary consultant anaesthetist from 1975 to 1995. He died in 2014 from biliary carcinoma.
PATCH received a legacy from the family of Dr Dundas to establish 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 pain and symptom control, as well as clear communication with patients and families, is fundamental for those at the end of life. The Dundas Medal aims to raise the profile of this need right across the UK.
In recognition of Bertie’s lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, research and innovation, an annual award to recognise efforts to improve the provision of palliative care for patients when they are in hospital is fitting. The award is open to individuals or teams [medical, nursing or paramedical] working in any hospital in the UK. It is not essential that the applicant should be an FRCSEd.
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