A doctor based at Pinderfields Hospital has spoken of his pride after his work with children with facial deformities saw him named in the New Year’s Honours list.
Consultant plastic surgeon Oliver Michael Fenton was awarded an MBE for services to paediatric plastic surgery in recognition of .
Mr Fenton was nominated by his anaesthetic colleague, Keith Judkins, who accompanies him on his numerous trips to Romania and India where they perform operations on children with cleft lips and palates.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted and extremely proud to have been awarded an MBE.
“This award is wonderful recognition of the fantastic work that is being done in paediatric plastic surgery.
“The award is not only for me, but for my hardworking and dedicated colleagues who I have been fortunate to work with over the years.”
Mr Fenton started visiting Romania in 1990 and now makes annual trips to the paediatric hospital in Brasov.
He performs about 35 operations during each visit on children who are born with cleft lips and palates and other defects, as well as providing teaching sessions for the hospital’s own surgeons.
In addition, for the last four years, Mr Fenton has flown to India for two weeks each year, performing 70 operations as part of a team working ten hours a day.
Despite semi-retiring from full NHS practice around five years ago, he still works as a specialist and has been instrumental in developing plastic surgery at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust which runs Pinderfields.
He continues to make a significant contribution to paediatric plastic surgery regionally and nationally.
Stephen Eames, interim chief executive of which runs the Wakefield hospital, said: “We are all really pleased for Mr Fenton.
“This honour is well deserved and recognises the great contribution that he has made in improving the lives of children at home and abroad.
“I would like to congratulate him on behalf of everyone at the trust.”