The Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has been renamed to honour consultant anaesthetist, Dr Patricia Ford, who sadly passed away earlier this year.
Working at WWL for nearly 39 years, Dr Ford joined the Trust in 1972 and, despite formally retiring in 2006, she continued to supervise the IT system in the intensive care unit as well as the anaesthetic management of disabled children who required dental care until 2010.
Friends and family of Dr Ford gathered at the Intensive Care Unit, alongside current staff from WWL, for the official renaming. Medical Director, Dr. Sanjay Arya, Chief Executive of WWL, Andrew Foster, and WWL Chairman, Robert Armstrong were all in attendance to share stories from Dr Ford’s time at the Trust and the impact that she made.
Dr Arya opened the afternoon with a warming speech, dedicated to ICU saying: “Pat was a remarkable clinician with a lot of care and compassion for her patients.
“She worked tirelessly to develop the unit and to improve patient care and she was immensely liked by her colleagues – Pat was known as the ‘Doctor’s Doctor’.
Dr. Arya went on to share personal stories from working with Dr Ford and mentioned: “Even when I became a Consultant I still called her Dr Ford, she always had trust in me”.
Chief Executive, Andrew Foster also shared fond memories that colleagues throughout the Trust, who had met Dr Ford, had shared.
A plaque unveiled at the entrance of the unit in memory of Dr Ford, will stand as a permanent honour to her many years’ service and the dedication that she gave to the Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit.
Dr. Nayya Naqvi, consultant cardiologist said: “I relied on Dr Ford heavily for help and advice about clinical matters and she never let me down.
“She was one of the best anaesthetists I have ever known and I will always miss her.”