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BMJ Awards spell success for doctors at GRH



Doctors from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are part of the BRINOS team which won two prestigious awards at the 2013 BMJ Improving Health Awards ceremony, held in London on Thursday 9 May.


Surgeons and anaesthetists who work at the Trust were included in the team who collected the awards for both Karen Woo Surgical Team of the Year and UK Medical Team of the Year for their work with the Britain Nepal Otology Service (BRINOS). 


A number of doctors from our Trust have been involved with the BRINOS organisation for some years.  Consultant surgeon, Robin Youngs is a Director of the organisation and Ear Camp Team Leader over 20 years, while Sarah Bakewell, Malcolm Savidge, Colin Green and Matthew Clark have been team members for Nepal Ear Camps.


BRINOS started out in 1988 by setting up joint British and Nepalese surgical camps to treat ear disease among patients living outside the reach of hospitals in the capital of Kathmandu. BRINOS has performed more than 4000 major ear operations at 50 surgical ear camps since its first expedition in 1989. The organisation expanded in 2000 to introduce Nepali Community Ear Assistants, who are specially trained in prevention and treatment of ear disease, and dispense hearing aids passed on from the NHS.


Consultant ENT Surgeon Robin Youngs said:


“We were delighted that BRINOS was recognised at the awards ceremony last week. It was particularly gratifying to take away not just one but two awards, given the high calibre of competition. It is recognition for the hard work undertaken by all within the BRINOS organisation and demonstrates what can be achieved by good teamwork and coordination.


“Deafness is the commonest single disability in developing countries. Sufferers are often unable to develop normal speech and language. In the developing world, this means that they are frequently unable to benefit from education and therefore have very poor employment and social prospects. More serious ear infections are life-threatening. 
BRINOS is currently building a dedicated Ear Care Centre to expand its work in the west of Nepal where some of the world’s poorest people live.


“We all hope that our success at the BMJ Improving Health Awards will help us to raise awareness of ear disease and assist in fundraising for BRINOS in the coming months.”


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