Driving force for women's health honoured by The Queen
Consultant gynaecologist Heather Currie has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to healthcare - recognising her as a driving force for women's health and menopause care.
Dr Currie, NHS Dumfries and Galloway's associate medical director of Acute, Diagnostics, Women, Children and Sexual Health, says that she is shocked and immensely proud to be a recipient of this award.
She said: "I have been incredibly privileged and lucky to work with such amazing teams both in Dumfries and Galloway and nationally, and have always had outstanding support from my family and friends, without whom none of this would have been possible.”
Heather is past clinical lead for Gynaecology Modernising Patients Pathways Programme for Scotland and Clinical Advisor for the Scottish Government's Women's Health Plan.
Outwith the day job, she is also trustee and immediate past chair of the British Menopause Society, co-editor of Post Reproductive Health, the journal of the British Menopause Society, as well as the author of many reviews and original articles in peer-reviewed journals and books.
Dr Currie is also the founder and director of Menopause Matters which runs an award-winning website and publishes quarterly magazines to help women across the world.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway medical director Dr Kenneth Donaldson added: "This is truly fantastic news and worthy recognition of Dr Currie’s dedication and commitment to excellence.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Heather for many years now and her personable approach, patience and drive to deliver person centred care has always made her stand out.
"I am delighted for her and wish to offer my congratulations and also my thanks for everything she has done, and is doing, for NHS Dumfries and Galloway."
Meanwhile, Jamie Brand, head of expressive arts at Annan Academy, has also been awarded an MBE for services to music and education.
Mr Brand has spend his entire 25 year teaching career at the school, and has also been musical director of St John’s Church Choir in Dumfries for 23 years and director of the Dumfries and Galloway Regional Youth Choir for 16.