Southern Trust Anaesthetists Ranked Top in Northern Ireland

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Anaesthetists from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust have scooped the top three places in the prestigious Dundee Medal competition organised by the Northern Ireland Society of Anaesthetists. trust8 Two Anaesthetic Registrars based at Craigavon Area Hospital, Dr Stephen Cullen and Dr Alison Blair came joint first place whilst Staff Grade, Dr Jill Cochrane who works at Daisy Hill, took second prize at the annual awards in memory of Professor John W. Dundee OBE. Each of the winners were recognised for the development of a service improvement project in their chosen field, under the guidance of a Consultant. Dr Cochrane’s project, overseen by Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Aidan Cullen, aimed to help improve safety and quality of care for patients who need a medical device to keep their airways open during anaesthesia. She demonstrated a new, safer technique than was previously used and implemented its use through awareness raising and organising training for colleagues. trust7Congratulating his team on their awards, Dr Charlie McAllister said, “Anaesthetists form the largest single hospital medical specialty and their skills are crucial in many aspects of patient care, from preoperative preparation, sedation and resuscitation to intensive care medicine and pain relief. “We are committed to supporting our anaesthetists and are keen to continually improve the skills of all of our clinicians to ensure that patients receive the best possible treatment. He added, “This recognition reflects the high calibre of anaesthetic staff we have in the Southern Trust but more importantly, Stephen, Alison and Jill, supported by their mentors have all developed projects which will improve safety and quality of patient care.”

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