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A surgeon who has treated hundreds of women in the Bishop's Stortford area for breast cancer in almost 30 years has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Ashraf Patel, associate specialist in breast surgery with the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT), has been recognised for services to funding and research for breast cancer.

He has worked at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping, and PAH in Harlow since 1993. Before this he completed his medical education and surgical training in Mumbai in India.

Ashraf Patel, associate specialist in breast surgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, becomes an MBE (48105340)
Ashraf Patel, associate specialist in breast surgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, becomes an MBE (48105340)

With the support of his breast unit patients, their families, friends and partner charities, he has been instrumental in helping to raise more than £4.5m for the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Charity. This has funded breast cancer clinical trials, specialist equipment and health and wellbeing programmes, benefitting patients with breast cancer.

Mr Patel, who lives in Church Langley, said: “I am delighted and humbled to be awarded an MBE.

"This award is also a recognition of the immense work put in by our charity, research, clinical, administrative and management teams at PAHT. I am lucky to be surrounded by hard-working team members trying at all times to do their best for our patients.

Ashraf Patel has enjoyed tremendous fundraising support from Sawbridgeworth's Tuck Shop owner Dinesh 'Don' Patel – from left, Helena Williams, Ashraf Patel, Hayley Sweet, Don Patel, PAH breast unit founder Michael Morgan and Fiona Sweeney. Pic: Vikki Lince (48105417)
Ashraf Patel has enjoyed tremendous fundraising support from Sawbridgeworth's Tuck Shop owner Dinesh 'Don' Patel – from left, Helena Williams, Ashraf Patel, Hayley Sweet, Don Patel, PAH breast unit founder Michael Morgan and Fiona Sweeney. Pic: Vikki Lince (48105417)

“I would like to thank my family and friends, my colleagues at work, the advisory board members and my patients. Special thanks go to the executives and PAHT trust board for their support of research and letting it flourish, and the trustees of all the charities that support our work in the breast unit: The Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Charity, Quest Cancer Research, Together in West Essex, The Maria Falco Memorial Trust and The Kerrie Fitzjohn Memorial Trust.”

PAHT chief executive Lance McCarthy said that the accolade for Mr Patel was "wonderful" and "well-deserved".

“I’m absolutely delighted for him and the recognition for his outstanding work to support our patients with breast cancer over many years," he said. "Everyone at PAHT is extremely proud to see his dedication to improving the experience and lives of our patients recognised in this way.”

* PAHT provides services at Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford as well as at PAH and St Margaret’s. It employs some 3,500 staff and serves a population of about 350,000 people in West Essex and East Herts, centred on the M11 corridor. Its extended catchment area takes in a population of up to 500,000 and includes Hoddesdon, Cheshunt and Broxbourne.

QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS 2021 - ESSEX

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Susan Bell – founder, chief executive officer and clinical director, Kids Inspire. For services to charity, mental health provision and education (Chelmsford)

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Genevieve Alison-Jane Ballard (aka Alison Moyet) – singer-songwriter. For services to music (Hove, East Sussex; born in Billericay).

Allan Godfrey Blundell – for services to school governance and the voluntary sector in Essex (Colchester)

David William Churcher – for services to construction (Braintree)

Michael John Conyers – for services to charity and the community in Brentwood (Brentwood)

Reverend Andrew Fordyce – for services to the community in Colchester (Alresford)

Susan Rose Freestone – for services to the food supply chain (Elsenham)

Ashraf Rahimsha Patel – associate specialist, breast surgery, Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust. For services to funding and research for breast cancer (Harlow)

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Robert Louis Angira – senior manager, Hutchison Ports UK and director, Essex Rebels Junior Basketball Club. For services to underprivileged children in Essex through sport (Colchester)

Lyndsey Barrett – founder, Sport for Confidence. For services to disability sport particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic (Billericay)

James Austin Beardwell – Sainsbury's customer experience assistant. For services to the food supply chain during Covid-19 (Witham)

Edwin Barry Anthony Clarke – police staff, Essex Police. For services to policing and the community in Essex (Leigh-on-Sea)

Kay Phyllis Sheard English – traffic manager, City of London. For services to transport management in the City of London including during the Covid-19 pandemic (Frinton on Sea)

Brian Anthony Jaggs – deputy head of IT, Essex and Kent Police. For services to policing and the Covid-19 response (Chelmsford)

Jacqueline Knight – consumer policy and enforcement manager, Civil Aviation Authority. For services to consumers (Chelmsford)

Stuart Long – for services to the community in Southend (Southend-on-Sea)

John Ian Michael McKay – for services to the community in Basildon (Basildon)

Joyce Obaseki – founder, Grant A Smile. For services to vulnerable people and the community in Loughton especially during Covid-19 (Loughton)

Liam Benjamin Preston – for services to young people (Brentwood)



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