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Honouring Dr Nellie T Adjaye FRCPCH

Dr Robert Adjaye

Posted by Ing. Dr. Robert Adjaye | 26 September 2011

Dr Nellie Adjaye (nee Annan) qualified in 1971 from the Royal Free Medical School, University of London. Her Post Graduate Medical Training took her through various disciplines and specialties round the country until she finally settled into general and paediatric neonatology at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester. Thereafter she took up appointment in Child Neurology at Gt. Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children , then Queen Charlotte’s Hospital London for further Neonatal experience. Having obtained an MSc degree in Community Paediatrics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Nellie took up an appointment as a Senior Registrar/Lecturer in Community Paediatrics at St. Mary’s Hospital at Praed Street, London instructing the undergraduates . Nellie was one of the first few Paediatricians to be trained in that new subspecialty under the late Professor Oppe and the late Dr Shelagh Tyrrell. She made a very good impact in that medical school during the period of 6 years she spent there.
In 1987 Nellie became the first Consultant Community Paediatrician in Maidstone, Kent, with responsibility for Children with Neuro disability and Developmental Delay whilst also holding the portfolio as the Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children in the Area- a pioneering role she held till her retirement in Sept 2011. Nellie’s dedication to Paediatrics and medicine in general is total and unwavering and that was amply demonstrated as a panel member of the Laming Inquiry that looked into the death of Victoria Climbie and whose recommendations were incorporated into the New Children Act 2004.
Believing that well informed mothers are more likely to provide the optimum care for their children with chronic or handicapping conditions, she always spent long periods in her consultations explaining conditions to her patients. Nellie carried this philosophy to her other interest of sickle cell disease. She spearheaded the first selective neonatal screening program for haemoglobinopathies in St Mary ‘s Paddington ,counseling and educating the parents of children who have been picked up as positive on screening. Nellie joined The Sickle Cell Society and was appointed an honorary Medical Advisor. She has been behind the scenes while the society campaigned for improved services over the last 30 years, and now neonatal screening is a the normal practice in all maternity units in the NHS.
Dr Nellie Adjaye, for over forty years you have provided unbroken and quality service to paediatrics, medicine and humanity and for these we honour you.

Posted by Jeffrey Owusu | 16 January 2013

Congratulations Dr. Nellie Adjaye!!! You are on the Queen of England's New Year Honours List for 2013 and thus to be awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). We love you, and appreciate you madam. God Bless You!

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