Farewell, Kate Granger

Cite this article as:
Tagg, A. Farewell, Kate Granger, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.9338

Tessa, Ben, Henry and I want to formally express our deep sadness at the recent passing of Dr Kate Granger.

 

There may be many of you who have never heard of her name but will be aware of the profound impact she has had on the culture of medicine and will have in years to come.  As a young doctor she was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma in 2011 and given a life expectancy of just 14 month. She managed to live another five years.

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She was shocked at how the doctor who had delivered the terminal diagnosis had failed to introduce himself, could barely make eye contact and could hardly wait to leave the consulting room. And with this, the #hellomynameis campaign was born.  It reminded us that every patient, every person we interact with in a health care setting is a person first and a patient second. Kate remided us of the power of human connection, most easily forged by a caring smile and introducing ourselves with the phrase, “Hello, my name is….”.  In the days before her death Kate achieved one of 250,000 pounds for cancer charities.

In her too short life Dr Kate Granger has truly made a difference, something that we should all aspire to do.

 

Kate passed away, surrounded by loved ones, on July 23rd 2016, aged 34.

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About Andrew Tagg

AvatarAn Emergency Physician with a special interest in education and lifelong learning. When not drinking coffee and reading Batman comics he is playing with his children.

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Author: Andrew Tagg An Emergency Physician with a special interest in education and lifelong learning. When not drinking coffee and reading Batman comics he is playing with his children. @andrewjtagg | + Andrew Tagg | Andrew's DFTB posts

2 Responses to "Farewell, Kate Granger"

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    Marjorie 4 years ago .Reply

    Thank you for sharing Kate’s story and passing her legacy forward..RIP.

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    Allan kochi 4 years ago .Reply

    Rest in Peace Dr Granger. Dearly missed.

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