Marion Woods, one of Sir George's constituents, who lives in Whitchurch, nominated Dr Wendy Holden to receive a Healthcare Champions Award sponsored by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. The ceremony took place at the Speaker's appartments in the House of Commons, and Wendy Holden was joined by her son. The Healthcare Champions Award goes to individuals or teams that 'go the extra mile' in treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Dr Wendy Holden, a consultant rheumatoidologist from Basingstoke and North Hants NHS Foundation Trust was nominated by Marion Woods for the excellent care that she received. Dr Holden came to the Speakers' appartments to receive her award from the Home Secretary, Teresa May, who is patron of NRAS.
"I very much enjoyed meeting Marion and Wendy at the House of Commons, and congratulate Wendy Holden on being recognised as a Healthcare Champion."
This is the third time that NRAS has run the event providing the opportunity for policy makers to meet those who treat this chronic disabling auto-immune disease which affects around 700,000 people of working age in the UK.