Top award for hospital consultant at head of emergency medicine research

February 26 2018
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SOUTHMEAD Hospital consultant Dr Jason Kendall has received an award in recognition of his contribution to emergency medicine research.

SOUTHMEAD Hospital consultant Dr Jason Kendall has received an award in recognition of his contribution to emergency medicine research.

He has been named emergency medicine principal investigator of the year, getting his accolade from the National Institute for Health Research and Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

Dr Kendall, who lives near Thornbury, leads research in the hospital’s emergency department and is in his 20th year as a consultant at North Bristol NHS Trust.

He said his greatest achievement involved the development of a painkiller for children with acute pain, which provides pain relief through the nose.

It was finally licensed for use in young patients in 2016 and is now used in most emergency departments in the UK.

Dr Kendall said seeing the results of research in emergency medicine was particularly satisfying as it often involved patients who were very unwell, such as those who had suffered a heart attack, stroke or trauma.

He said: “Although research in the emergency department can be challenging because patients present in crisis, the outcomes from this type of research are worth the effort because it can make an immediate positive impact on patient care.”