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Sheffield NHS heroes honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list


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A Sheffield doctor who played a critical role in the fight to find treatments for Covid has been given a top gong at the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dr Thushan de Silva leads the Sheffield team of the Covid-19 Genomics UK Consortium, which analyses coronavirus strains to understand the virus and how it spreads, as well as developing treatments.

The doctor balanced his research responsibilities at the University of Sheffield with work on the Covid frontline at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

He will now receive an MBE for services to Covid-19 research.

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“Throughout the pandemic, the entire team here at Sheffield has been exceptional, with so many people coming together to go above and beyond,” said Dr de Silva.

“Research during this time has had to be responsive like never before, as things have evolved continuously.

“The key to our success has been the teamwork ethic that has typified everyone’s attitude across the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.”

Meanwhile veteran Sheffield nurse Margaret Stubbs is set to receive an MBE for services to diversity and inclusion in the NHS.

Margaret, who came to the UK from Jamaica as a teenager to work in the NHS, has had countless voluntary roles with her church, in the Scouts and as a parent governor, as well as her NHS work.

The Royal honour came as a complete surprise, she said.

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“I thought it was a scam at first. We get so many of these, I thought: ‘How much are they asking?’,” said the 73-year-old, who is a member of the patient forum at Health Education England.

“It was a delight.”

Ms Stubbs has worked in nursing for more than 50 years and has been a champion for gender and racial equality in the health services.

I love it, I absolutely love working as a nurse. I would do nothing else,” she said.

I always believe in justice for everybody. It’s about helping people to develop themselves. My goal is make the NHS the best place for everybody.”

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