A Glasgow Royal Infirmary doctor who has raised more than a million pounds for renal research in his late wife’s name has been recognised in the New Years Honours list.
Rheumatology consultant Rajan Madhok, who is based at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary hospital, is a trustee for the Darlinda Charity for Renal Research which was founded by his late wife, astrologer Darlinda. He has been awarded an OBE.
Darlinda was an astrologer for several newspapers including the Sunday Mail, and died at the age of 55 from kidney failure. In the last twenty years Dr Madhok has raised more than £1.2m for the charity.
Dr Madhok is one of three NHSGGC staff to be recognised by the Queen this year. Others to receive OBEs are Professor Jeremy Bagg, head of the Glasgow Dental School and Professor Sally-Ann Cooper, honorary consultant psychiatrist in the health board.
The Board’s former chairman Andrew Robertson was also awarded a CBE. Mr Robertson was chairman before retiring in 2015 after more than 20 consecutive years of service to the NHS in the Greater Glasgow area.
Dr Madhok was also recognised for his role in tackling health inequalities in the black and ethnic minority communities and encouraging organ donation.
He said: I feel really privileged as well as the luckiest man in the world. This honour is really the inspiration of some dear friends and the many people in the health service and charity who have done so much and I have been lucky enough to work with over the years.
“Also the families who, at one of the most difficult time of their lives, found the courage to consider organ donation. I know that this selflessness benefited my wife and continues to benefit others.”
NHSGGC chief executive Jane Grant said: “I am proud of our staff every day but it’s especially pleasing when they are recognised for their achievements in this way.
“My congratulations also go to Andrew Robertson who served as our Chairman for eight years.”
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