Well deserved congratulations to Colonel Ben Banerjee, who has been appointed as the Queen's Honorary Surgeon.
Ben, a Consultant Surgeon and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Vascular Surgery at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, is also a member of the Armed Forces Reserve. Colonel Banerjee QVRM DL VR RAMC has been a reservist for 30 years and has undertaken a number of operational tours in Afghanistan. Following his time in command of 201 (Northern) Field Hospital, he is now the Deputy Commander Reserves South supporting 5 Reserve Field Hospitals.
Colonel Banerjee sees it as an amazing honour to continue to repay his debt to the Royal Household. On hearing the news, Ken Bremner, Chief Executive of the Trust, offered his congratulations and said he was sure that Colonel Banerjee would enjoy the prestigious appointment; Ken also recalled that employee reservist and former CO 201 Fd Hosp, Colonel Sharon McDowell, Head of Nursing in the Trust, had also held an appointment in the household as Queen's Honorary Nurse. To have two employee reservists in this Trust appointed to honorary roles with the sovereign is quite a feat and an honour for the Trust and also for 201 (N) Field Hospital.