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'Trailblazing' Worthian doctor honoured by The Queen

Dr Matthew Knight C'98
Dr Matthew Knight C'98

We are incredibly proud to hear that Dr Matthew Knight C'98, a respiratory medicine consultant at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, has been awarded an MBE in The Queen's 2020 Birthday Honours.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Matthew conceived, designed, and delivered a ‘virtual hospital’ to look after patients infected with Covid-19. He led a team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and admin staff, some of whom were shielding, to safely prevent and reduce hospital admissions through the virtual monitoring of patients’ symptoms.

Patients were given a pulse oximeter to monitor their oxygen levels and heart rate at home and were reviewed virtually or on the phone. Since March, more than 10,000 virtual consultations have taken place via the 'virtual hospital', delivering care to more than 1,250 patients, preventing several hundred admissions and ensuring patients felt safe and secure. The virtual hospital is a 'first of its kind' model which can be expanded to cover other illnesses and conditions. 

A hugely well deserved honour!

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