On Sunday morning, we woke up to the very sad news that Dr Kate Granger had passed away.
Kate was an inspiring and dedicated locum consultant in elderly medicine here at Mid Yorkshire. Her passion to promote more compassionate care led to her launching the #hellomynameis campaign, which encourages healthcare staff to introduce themselves to patients. The campaign went on to win the backing of more than 400,000 doctors, nurses, therapists and porters across 90 NHS organisations.
Despite having been diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma in 2011, Kate bravely pursued the campaign and her many other ambitions and goals — including gaining a consultant post here at the Trust and becoming a medical royal college member.
Kate won many awards for her fundraising and her #hellomynameis campaign, and had recently hit her £250,000 fundraising target for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.
Kate was a valued and courageous colleague whose legacy will last forever. Our thoughts are with her family and friends – she will be greatly missed.
A book of condolence will be opened in the Chapel at Pinderfields and Dewsbury for anyone wishing to record their own thoughts.
There are still ways you can help Kate's legacy live on -
-Donate to the campaign and help raise even more money in Kate's name: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kate-Granger
-Nominate Kate for a Pride of Britain Award by going here http://www.prideofbritain.com/nominate and selecting special recognition.
Below are just a few of the many moving tributes from staff who worked with Kate here at the Trust:
“An exceptional woman, a fantastic doctor, an extraordinary patient, a great friend. She was driven to succeed and to be the best possible doctor for her patients. Her attention to detail was impressive, her focus to get things right first time truly wonderful and her drive to have top quality communication as paramount was amazing. What she has achieved after her illness has come as no surprise other than to confirm what a wonderful human being she is.
“From my first conversation with Kate in her hospital bed, when she was first diagnosed with cancer, the seed of her first book ‘The Other Side’ was sown. What grew afterwards has just been phenomenal. She has achieved so much in such a short time and has become a truly inspiring lady.”
Dr Frank Phelan, Elderly Care Consultant & Head of Service (HOC) Elderly Medicine
"Kate always went that extra mile for patients. Those of us lucky to have met, worked with and admired her courage will always hold her dear in our hearts.
"Her loss is devastating for so many – her family, friends, patients and colleagues. However, her light will always shine bright and her legacy will last forever.
"She was a remarkable doctor and should be celebrated for her achievements, many of which she has achieved in times of extreme difficulty. I could not have asked for a better role model."
Dr Zuzanna Sawicka, Colleague / Consultant in Elderly Medicine.
“An amazing doctor and an amazing person. She was as good at baking as she was at being a doctor. We have all enjoyed those lemon muffins. I was once lucky enough to win a Christmas cake she had baked and donated as a raffle prize.
"From her first day at Pontefract General Infirmary, which was her first day as a Registrar, I knew she was going to make an impact, I wasn’t wrong.”
Linda Townend , Secretary, Elderly Medicine