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Right Arrow Charity honours Southport spinal injuries specialist
25 June 2015 at 10:41
A leading spinal injuries charity has honoured specialist doctor Bakul Soni from the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport hospital.

He received the Liz Martin Award for Achievement from the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) at a ceremony in Birmingham this month. The award was announced on video-link by BBC1 Match of the Day host and former Everton FC player Gary Lineker.

Dr Soni has treated more than 1,000 spinal injured patients since moving to Southport in 1985. He has published more than 300 research articles on the subject.

He said he took pride working for patients at the centre, saying: “It is a privilege to work with such a dedicated team and improve the quality of life of the individuals we treat.”

The award he received is given in honour of former SIA trustee Liz Martin who helped others and got the most out of life despite her tetraplegia. It is given to a healthcare professional who has shown dedication to enabling a better quality of life for high level tetraplegics.

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
Twitter @SONHSTrust

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is managed by the Trust at Southport hospital. In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases. The Trust employs 3,472 staff.

2. Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury to a human that results in the partial or total loss of use of all their limbs and torso.