UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Dr Daniel Stuart Martin awarded OBE in the New Years Honours

12 January 2016

Congratulations to Dr Daniel Martin for being awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Years Honours for services to the Prevention of Infectious Diseases. The OBE was in recognition of work treating patients with Ebola at the Royal Free Hospital.

Dr Martin is a critical care consultant and anaesthetist at the Royal Free and the critical care lead for the High Level Isolation Unit at the hospital.

Prior to the Ebola outbreak Dr Martin set about to provide a rapid response team of critical care doctors and nurses to provide care for patients with viral haemorrhagic fever admitted to the isolation unit. These patients can become very unwell in a short space of time and their infrequent presence in the hospital means that training and preparation is crucial to being able to treat them safely and effectively.

Dr Martin said the following about his work; “It became clear that we needed to ready ourselves in the event of British healthcare workers being repatriated to the UK with Ebola. I led the critical care component of our response, providing a critical care service in the remote and challenging environment of the isolation unit.

I was directly involved with the care of patients admitted to the Royal Free Hospital with Ebola, planning their management, undertaking invasive procedures and contributing to the huge team effort that is needed to successfully manage these complex patients. Our protocols for caring for these patients is very much focused on the safety of our staff and this had to be borne in mind constantly when looking after patients with such a highly contagious disease.

None of this would have been possible without the dedication of the staff of the Royal Free Hospital who work on the isolation unit, in particular the nurses who care for our patients 24 hours a day.” 

Please join the Division in congratulating Dr Martin on being recognised in the New Years Honours for his extraordinary work.