Leading doctor and community champion recognised

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Trevor Staveley - Credit: Submitted

A leading Torbay doctor and well-known community champion have been recognised.

Dr Cathryn Edwards, consultant physician and gastroenterologist at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded an OBE

The Past President of the British Society of Gastroenterology's OBE comes less than three months after she was announced as the first female registrar for the Royal College of Physicians.

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Dr Edwards - Credit: Submitted

She said: “I am of course at a personal level very delighted, but perhaps most importantly it speaks to the significant role national specialty societies have had, along with the RCP, in leading the profession during the pandemic.

“I would like to say a personal thank you to my colleagues and my patients and their families for their kind messages of congratulation and for their unerring support. I have been quite overwhelmed."

Cathryn who joined Torbay Hospital in 2002 specialises in Gastroenterology. Her main clinical interest is inflammatory bowel disease and she has undertaken national related roles.

She was previously Chair of the Rowcroft Hospice Board where she now continues as a Trustee. She was the first female secretary of the British Society of Gastroenterology and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Cape Town. She continues to support the Crohn’s and Colitis UK charity.

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Liz Davenport, Chief Executive, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are thrilled and delighted for Cathryn that her dedication to medicine, passion for excellence and inspiring leadership has been recognised."

Trevor Staveley, co-ordinator of the Torbay Street Pastors, gets an MBE.

He said: "It has been a privilege to work alongside so many dedicated people . It came as a surprise that I was to be honoured."

He added: "The Pastors is a group of like minded folk who care about the local community . The pastors are there to listen and help anyone who needs them . They are non-judgemental and never preach. Street Pastors, once thought as preachers and not greeted warmly , have become friends of  police, ambulance, door staff, council and are known to be friends of all."