Hospital consultant receives national award for patient care

Dr Andy Ng with Acute Pain Nurses Angela Nield, left and Lisa Doughty.

A FYLDE coast doctor has received a national award for his commitment to ensuring patients feel as comfortable as possible after surgery.

Dr Andy Ng, a Consultant based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, was awarded the Acute Pain Consultant of the Year 2017 by the National Acute Pain Symposium (NAPS), a prestigious professional accolade.

Dr Ng has worked tirelessly to improve the acute pain service for Fylde coast residents including introducing a pain relief technique for abdominal surgical patients. He has introduced  rectus sheath catheter analgesia pumps for abdominal patients, an innovation that has improved patient satisfaction by reducing side effects such as ileus, nausea and vomiting and reduced mobility.

He has also introduced an acute pain outpatient clinic which enables patients who are sent home on high dosage pain killers can come back to clinic to discuss any pain issues with the aim of reducing / stopping the medication.

This reduces long term use of pain killers, can help reduce acute pain becoming chronic pain and is financially beneficial for the NHS.

Dr Ng said: “I am honoured to be the first person to be chosen for this new award but it is all about the team here.

“Everyone has worked tremendously hard together over the last couple of years to support our patients. I am very lucky to work with such a great team that works hard to make a difference.’

“It was great to hear the judges use the words passionate and inspiring and that was nice to hear.’’

His colleague, Lisa Doughty, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: “Dr Ng is always approachable and supportive. He is an inspiration to work with and a great asset to the Trust.’’

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