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North Tyneside sonographers win national award

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
North Tyneside sonographers win national award

Congratulations to Judith Cobb, lead sonographer and Pat Atwell, advanced practitioner (ultrasound) at North Tyneside hospital who won both national and regional awards at the 2012 Society of Radiographer (SoR) Radiography Awards.

Judith and Pat picked up both the UK and Northern radiography team of the year awards, at a ceremony held in the House of Commons on 7 November, for their tireless work improving and expanding obstetric ultrasound services in Tanzania.

Patrick Mashiri, who nominated them for the award said “Since 2003, Judith and Pat have been working to help Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) provide a free obstetric ultrasound service for the rural community. The aim of this was to improve maternal and neonatal mortality rates.”

During their many visits over the years, Judith and Patricia have used their technical knowledge to deliver comprehensive training sessions, working under challenging circumstances and showing a determined spirit to achieve the intended goals.

In 2009 the team received a grant from UK Aid to enable them to provide ultrasound teaching and training to healthcare staff at Bomong’ombe, Kibosho and Machame Hospitals in the north of Tanzania. This work was undertaken over the past few years as part of the trust’s successful international health link partnership with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre.

The project has enabled pregnant women in remote areas to receive an early ultrasound scan as part of their antenatal care. Previously very few women would have been able to leave families to travel the long distances to the consultant hospital for an ultrasound scan which can detect problems early in pregnancy.

You can read more about our work with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre here