King's Lynn doctor honoured for medical device development work
A Lynn-based doctor who led the development of a vital piece of lifesaving hospital equipment has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Dr Maryanne Mariyaselvam, who works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to healthcare.
The award, which has been announced tonight, recognises her work to develop a number of new devices intended to improve patient safety.
Dr Mariyaselvam said: “It is wonderful to be honoured in this way and I am delighted to be awarded the medal but it is a reflection on the whole team.
“It is an honour for everyone and not just me.”
Dr Mariyaselvam, who trained at the Norwich Medical School and is currently reading for a doctorate in patient safety at the University of Cambridge, has been involved in the development of several new devices at the unit.
The latest, which was unveiled in February, is called the Arterial Glucosave and is designed to prevent cases when glucose can be confused for saline in drips by alerting the clinician and saving patients from receiving potentially dangeroulsly high levels of insulin.
Another is the WireSafe, which is intended to ensure that guide wires are not left inside a patient when a central line or catheter is used.
Dr Mariyaselvam paid tribute to the hospital, the university and the Academic Health Science Networks for their support.
She added: “I am really proud of the work we have done to bring about changes that have benefitted both patient and staff safety.”
Dr Frankie Swords, the QEH’s medical director, said: “We are incredibly proud of Maryanne and this is a well-deserved honour for someone who has helped to improve patient safety across the country.”
Together with consultant Dr Peter Young, Dr Mariyaselvam developed a new device, known as the Arterial Glucosave, which was unveiled earlier this year.
Elsewhere, the North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has been knighted for public and political service.
Sir Norman has represented the constituency since 2001 and served as a junior minister in the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government between 2012 and 2015.
He is the third of Norfolk's current MPs to be knighted, following North West Norfolk's Sir Henry Bellingham and Broadland's Sir Keith Simpson.
Sir Norman said: “I’m thrilled and honoured and very surprised! I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to represent the wonderful people of North Norfolk in Parliament for 18 years, to have served in Government and chaired a Select Committee.
"My passion remains fighting injustice and pursuing causes that I care a lot about, particularly the treatment of those with mental ill health and those with learning disability and autism.”