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Rheumatology teams win prestigious national award

Work to improve the transition of adolescent rheumatology patients from the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to the adult service at Manchester Royal Infirmary has won a prestigious national award.

Consultants from the rheumatology teams at both hospitals, together with their respective nursing and therapy teams, have reviewed all aspects of their service.  As a result, they have made a number of significant changes including new information booklets for patients and parents and putting forward a successful case to the commissioners for the appointment of a transition co-ordinator.  The project has been undertaken over the past 18 months.

The overall project, which was supported and facilitated by Pfizer, won a Pharmaceutical Marketing Excellence Award (PMEA) at a recent award ceremony in London.  The doctors involved in the project are Drs Phil Riley, Alice Chieng and Janet McDonagh from the paediatric rheumatology department and Drs Rachel Gorodkin and Ben Parker from the adult rheumatology department.

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