Award for ‘inspirational’ doctor and cancer patient

Dr Kate Granger with her husband Chris Pointon and chef Michel Roux Jr

Dr Kate Granger with her husband Chris Pointon and chef Michel Roux Jr

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A Doctor whose patient empowerment campaign has found worldwide success has been honoured by fellow medics.

Dr Kate Granger, who has terminal cancer, was given the Special Achievement Award at the BMJ Awards in London.

Dr Granger, from East Ardsley, launched #hellomynameis to encourage medical workers to introduce themselves after her own experiences as a patient.

The judges of the BMJ awards said her work had “inspired doctors, changed hospital policies and invigorated medical school training across the world” and called her “the embodiment of hope, courage, professionalism and partnership”.

She told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It’s lovely to be recognised by your peers and the BMJ Awards are one of the biggest in the health field.”

She was presented with the award by a surprise guest, top chef Michel Roux Jr, who was invited by her husband Chris Pointon.

Dr Granger has met Mr Roux several times before and said she was delighted to see him – though she’s still refusing to share her Christmas cake recipe.

“He says it’s the nicest Christmas cake ever, but it’s Chris’s grandma’s secret recipe, she gave it to me and I can’t give it to Michel,” she said.

She was diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma five years ago and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Dr Granger, an doctor in elderly medicine, has also just been honoured by the Yorkshire Society for her fundraising work for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre in Leeds.

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