A GLOBAL campaign started by a Leeds doctor has been given the royal seal of approval.
The #hellomynameis drive was launched by Dr Kate Granger, who came up with the idea of encouraging every health worker to introduce themselves after her experiences as a cancer patient.
Her campaign has now spread throughout the country, been praised by the Government and even been picked up as far away as America and Australia.
Now it has also been backed by Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who posed with a #hellomynameis sign when she visited Leeds Children’s Hospital last week to visit two wards.
Dr Granger said she was thrilled with the backing.
“It’s amazing how #hellomynameis has created such a positive vibe at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.
“To have a royal seal of approval from the Countess of Wessex is utterly surreal but lovely. Hopefully this will help to spread the campaign further.”
The idea for #hellomynameis came after Dr Granger was being treated for cancer, which she has been told is terminal.
After noticing the impact it had on her as a patient when a medical worker introduced themselves, she started promoting the idea on Twitter, and it was soon picked up by other organisations.
The elderly medicine specialist, who works at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, hopes that the campaign will promote compassionate care which is focused around the patient.
Dr Yvette Oade, chief medical officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said she was delighted that the Countess of Wessex had given her backing to #hellomynameis, which is also being promoted by the trust.
Sophie was at Leeds General Infirmary to open the new home of the children’s cardiac ward.