A Carnforth GP has been awarded an MBE by King Charles III at Buckingham Place.
Dr Andy Knox, a GP at Ash Trees Surgery, is also the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board’s associate medical director for population health.
Dr Knox travelled to Buckingham Palace yesterday (Wednesday October 25) for the ceremony.
The medal is recognition of his contribution to healthcare in Morecambe Bay, specifically for his services to primary care and tackling health inequalities across the region, awarded as part of The King’s first birthday honours list.
Dr Knox said: “I had a really wonderful time at Buckingham Palace and received my MBE from The King.
‘’He was incredibly kind and is clearly very intelligent and thoughtful.
“I was really amazed by how much interest he takes in the world of health and care. He spoke about the pressures in the NHS and especially primary care, the importance of focusing on prevention and working to tackle inequalities.
“He emphasised the vitality of continuity of care and the role GPs play in helping create a society that really cares. It was an absolute honour to meet him.”
Dr Knox’s nomination came from the chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Dame Professor Clare Gerada, and was seconded by local MPs Cat Smith and Tim Farron, as well as Dr David Wrigley, a fellow partner at Ash Trees Surgery GP practice in Carnforth.