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Black Isle-based NHS Highland surgeon from Raigmore Hospital wins national title


By Louise Glen


Ron Coggins (second from right), a surgeon from Raigmore Hospital, was presented with the Silver Scalpel award. The award marks excellence in training.
Ron Coggins (second from right), a surgeon from Raigmore Hospital, was presented with the Silver Scalpel award. The award marks excellence in training.

A CONSULTANT based in Raigmore Hospital is bringing a new meaning to silver service.

NHS Highland consultant general surgeon Ron Coggins has been awarded the Association of Surgeons in Training Silver Scalpel Award.

The accolade is presented in recognition of excellence in surgical training, following nomination by trainee surgeons from all surgical specialties across the UK.

Speaking after the awards ceremony in Birmingham, Mr Coggins expressed his appreciation to colleagues.

He said: “Training is an essential part of surgical practice, and very much part of my day-to-day job.

“I am genuinely lost for words that my own efforts to help nurture the talent of the future has been held up as being worthy of national recognition.

“This is not just an individual honour, but recognition of the positive training culture that exists across the north of Scotland.

“This is something that we should all feel collectively proud of.”

The Association of Surgeons in Training is an educational charity working to promote the highest standards.

A spokesman said: “Silver Scalpel winners also deliver an exemplary service to their patients by creating a positive clinical and learning environment.”

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