PM’s backing for Leeds doc’s #hellomynameis drive

Kate Granger and her husband Chris Pointon with the Prime Minister
Kate Granger and her husband Chris Pointon with the Prime Minister
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the Prime Minister has pledged his support for a global care campaign started by a Leeds doctor.

Dr Kate Granger discussed the #hellomynameis campaign with David Cameron during a visit to Downing Street organised by her husband Chris Pointon.

She devised the idea of urging every health worker to introduce themselves after her experiences as a cancer patient.

Dr Granger said: “It’s really nice to have support from the top of Government. It just validates it and give it a little bit more visibility.”

The elderly medicine doctor was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2011, aged 29, and was later told her illness was terminal.

During her time in hospital, she noticed those health workers who took the time to introduce themselves – which broke down the barriers between them and helped her feel more at ease.

The #hellomynameis campaign started promoting the idea on Twitter, and it was soon picked up by other organisations.

Now it has been taken on as far away as Australia and America, and received the Royal seal of approval from Sophie, Countess of Wessex, when she visited Leeds.

The campaign’s latest high-profile support was organised by Dr Granger’s husband after she mentioned it would be good to get him on board.

“I just flippantly said ‘wouldn’t it be nice to get David Cameron with a #hellomynameis sign?’ Next thing, I was walking down Downing Street.”

The couple had a tour of Number 10 and spoke to the PM about her campaign, and the reasons behind it. He promised to ask about it whenever he visits hospitals nationally.

Dr Granger has recently been promoting the campaign within Leeds hospitals, where staff are being issued with #hellomynameis badges.

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