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Trust honours former consultant

Posted on Tuesday 20th June 2017

Jim George

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is to honour one of its former consultants by renaming the education centre at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle in their memory.

The James George Education Centre will be named after Dr James (Jim) George, who was an elderly care consultant at the Trust and also the Trust’s clinical director for research and development. Jim started work as a consultant for the Trust in February 1986 until he retired in July 2015, returning on flexible retirement in September that year.

Jim passed away peacefully on 2 January 2017 at Eden Valley Hospice with his beloved wife Angela and daughter Jenn by his side.

A passionate advocate for his patients, Jim helped to develop accessible specialist clinics within the local rural communities and a specialist joint unit with the psychiatry team for the management of patients with dementia and delirium, which won a prestigious BUPA award. He also co-wrote a book which was highly commended at the BMA Book Awards in 2014.

Very well-liked and respected, Jim’s aim was to enable patients and colleagues alike to achieve their potential. He always recognised the importance of education and research and made time to share his knowledge and expertise with every member of staff.

A naming ceremony will take place on Friday 23 June at 12.45pm with Jim’s friends and colleagues then going on to give talks on areas Jim held a keen interest in - acute medicine in the frail elderly, delirium, treating orthostatic hypotension in older people, developing evidence based stroke care, and Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr Paul Mead, renal consultant at the Trust and friend of Jim, said: “Jim really was one of those doctors who truly cared for his patients and wanted to do his upmost to improve their lives in any way he could.

“His work on research and education gained him international recognition and it seems only fitting to rename the education centre in his honour. He is sorely missed by all who had the privilege of working with him.”