National award for Plymouth anaesthetist

Dr Antonio Martin, Anaesthetic Lead at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre in Plymouth, has won a national award.

Antonio was hailed as Medical Professional of the Year at the annual Care UK Health Care Awards. Care UK is the biggest independent provider of health care services in the country. Its healthcare services include treatment centres, 111, GP practices, NHS Urgent Treatment Centres, GP out-of-hours, prison health services and clinical assessment and diagnostics facilities. 

He fought off stiff competition from other medical professionals in these areas to win his award.

Antonio said: “I was shocked when my name was called, I was not expecting it at all. I was surrounded by a room full of exceptional medical professionals and I am the ‘new boy’, so I was thrilled when the announcement was made.”

Antonio was nominated by Andy Burgess, Medical Director at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre. He commented: “I am so pleased that Antonio won the Medical Professional of the Year Award following my nomination. He has risen to a number of challenges over the past year – from taking on the role of Anaesthetic Lead to covering for me as Medical Director while I was away. He has managed this in an exemplary fashion while also maintaining his ‘day job’ in theatre and contributing to the ongoing professional development of his colleagues.”

Andy added: “He has been the link person for medical students from the University of Plymouth and has driven forward new ways of working. This includes leading a trial of a newer, short-acting spinal anaesthesia to reduce the time patients spend in hospital. His award is altogether deserved.”

Antonio gained his MBBS from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Barcelona, Spain, where he also gained his CCST Anaesthetics in 2009. He was also awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree in 2011. He is skilled in anaesthesia management of surgical specialities including general, orthopaedics, trauma, ENT, urology, obstetrics, vascular, gynaecology, thoracic, neuro, paediatrics and major oncological surgery. He is proficient in regional and peripheral nerve blockades using nerve stimulator-ultrasound assisted techniques. 

His medical curiosity brought him into the pain management sub-speciality, with a strong interest in interventional techniques using ultrasound assisted techniques and gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Pain management from the University of Cardiff. His main fields of interest and expertise are: regional anaesthesia, and acute and chronic pain management.

Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre was the first hospital of its kind in the country to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. The hospital offers a range of care including orthopaedic, cataract and general surgery and endoscopic investigations, and it has a self-pay option for patients who do not wish to wait for treatment longer than they would prefer, or who have been told that the treatment they require is no longer available on the NHS. If your GP agrees that you need treatment you can ask them to refer you to the hospital for treatment – it is part of your choice as an NHS patient.

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