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1st Jul 2021
Liverpool doctor, Chris Grime has been named as a winner in the prestigious national 2021 WellChild Awards, in association with GSK, having been nominated by Sarah Mogan, the mother of a patient under the care of the Alder Hey long-term ventilation team where Dr Grime works.
Chris, who is a Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, was picked from 100s of nominations from across the UK to win the category of Best Doctor in these Awards which celebrate the resilience of children living with serious illnesses or complex conditions and honour the dedication of those individuals who go the extra mile to help these children and their families. The Awards are run by WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children and are regularly attended by the charity’s patron, The Duke of Sussex and most recently, The Duchess of Sussex.
When Harry Mogan was born prematurely, one junior doctor stood out to his mother Sarah as the family learned that Harry had complex health needs. She was therefore delighted when, 11 years later, a new consultant was introduced to help manage Harry’s ongoing breathing problems and he turned out to the same doctor, Dr Chris Grime. By this stage Dr Grime was a Consultant specialising in Long Term Ventilation and Sarah’s faith in him was rewarded as he immediately made a massive difference to Harry’s life. Dr Grime understood how important it was for Harry to be at home with his family as much as possible because it helps him recover when he has been very ill. He made it possible for them to adjust settings on Harry’s ventilator at home and established really good communication with Harry’s community matron, all of which meant Harry’s condition could be safely monitored and managed without him having to go to hospital too often.
Dr Grime’s understanding and willingness to go above and beyond to support his patients has been particularly appreciated during the past year. Sarah’s anxiety over Harry going to hospital for tests was greatly eased when Dr Grime met and admitted the family personally to reduce the number of different staff they had to see. He also gave them advice on things like the level of PPE needed to keep Harry safe and attended meetings with school and education professionals to get children like Harry, who has a tracheostomy, safely back into school and avoid further isolation.
Harry’s mum, Sarah said: “The joined up approach Dr Grime has set up between the hospital and community matron has given our family invaluable time together at home with Harry. Harry’s complex health needs mean he can become very ill at any time but Dr Grime seems to make the positive out of everything, even the bad, and helping him to live life to the full. I can’t thank him enough for the difference he has made to our family with his compassion and enthusiasm to help children like Harry.”
Speaking at the 2019 WellChild Awards ceremony, The Duke of Sussex said: “No parent wants to hear that their child will suffer; that they will face extraordinary challenges that will affect them throughout their lives. And yet, after meeting all of the WellChild parents and the kids themselves over the years, you’ve managed to give all of us a sense of optimism, a sense of hope and strength that no professional, no bestselling book and no amount of advice can ever give any of us. So thank you for being you.”
WellChild Chief Executive, Colin Dyer said: “There are more children and young people than ever before in the UK living with long-term, serious health needs. The Coronavirus outbreak has placed these children and families under more pressure than many of us can comprehend. The WellChild Awards 2021, in association with GSK, will be a unique opportunity to recognise and highlight the immense challenges they have faced and to celebrate the remarkable positivity, resilience and spirit they have demonstrated. It will also help us to shine a light on the dedication of those around them, from siblings, professionals and volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help them through such challenging times.”
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