Spire Methley Park Consultant Plastic surgeon Mr Oliver Michael Fenton has recently been awarded an MBE for services to paediatric plastic surgery in the New Year’s Honours list.
Mr Fenton started visiting Romania in 1990. Together with his team, Mr Fenton visits a paediatric hospital in Brasov in Romania every year and performs nearly 35 operations during each visit on children who are born with cleft lips and palates and other defects.. In addition, for the last four years, Mr Fenton has been flying to India for two weeks at a time, performing 70 operations, and working solidly within a team for ten hours a day.
Speaking of his award, Mr Fenton, who is also based at Pinderfields hospital, said: “I am absolutely delighted and extremely proud to have been awarded an MBE. This award is wonderful recognition of the fantastic work that is being done in paediatric plastic surgery. The award is not only for me, but for my hardworking and dedicated colleagues who I have been fortunate to work with over the years.”
Mr Fenton was nominated by his anaesthetic colleague, Keith Judkins, who accompanies him on his numerous trips to Romania and India where they perform operations on children with cleft lips and palates.
Stephen Eames, Interim Chief Executive of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are all really pleased for Mr Fenton. This honour is well deserved and recognises the great contribution that he has made in improving the lives of children at home and abroad. I would like to congratulate him on behalf of everyone at the Trust.”