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Dame Clare Marx reflects on New Year's Honour
05 January 2018

Clare MarxClare Marx, our associate medical director, has been reflecting on the Dame hood she was awarded in the New Year's Honours List for her services to surgery and the NHS.

Dame Clare joined our hospital 25 years ago as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and became the first female president of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2014.

"My aim now is the same as it was 25 years ago, to deliver something really good for the patients, make a difference in their lives and try to make changes for the better," said Dame Clare, who stopped active orthopaedic practice in 2014.

"I would like to think that this is in part a reflection on the amazing colleagues I have worked with over the years who have supported me, it impossible to do things on your own, we all works as members of a team."

As she prepares to visit Buckingham Palace to receive her honour later on this year, Dame Clare will not be resting on her laurels.

"There is plenty more to come, I am a huge optimist and we are lucky to have the (National) Health Service and inevitably that means hard work to make it work. It's now about trying to get staff and patients to support it, as the way medicine is delivered changes and use it in the right way."

Dame Clare continued: "There are some fantastic people that have been awarded Dame hoods and it is very humbling to join that club. But I know that with honours comes great responsibility."