An Aberdeen anaesthetist has presented an award at a prestigious ceremony.
Dr Kathleen Ferguson, president at the Association of Anaesthetists and consultant at NHS Grampian, presented Dr Paul Upton with the 2019 Innovation in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Award.
The Association of Anaesthetists chose Dr Paul Upton, CEO of Ultramed Ltd, for his creation of MyPreOp – an online patient-owned programme.
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Dr Ferguson presented the award at the Association of Anaesthetists 2019 Winter Scientific Meeting in London.
She said: “It takes a special skill set to be inventive and even greater grit and determination to see the idea through to reality and then implementation.
“The Association recognises and applauds its innovation stars.”
Congratulations to 2019 winner of the #Innovation Award in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain, Dr Paul Upton of @Ultramed_LTD, who received his award last week at #WSM19, presented by Dr Kathleen Ferguson @AAGBI_President
— Association of Anaesthetists (@AAGBI) January 14, 2019
When a patient using MyPreOp is told they need an operation, they are given access to create an account and can share their information with their health care provider.
Patients own their account and choose to share their information, which empowers and engages them in their care.
On receiving the award, Dr Upton said: “I’m stunned to have won. It came as a great surprise.
“As a team, we see this win as an opportunity to get MyPreOp rolled out across the NHS.”
As the award winner, Dr Upton received a certificate and prize money of £2,000.