Shropshire doctor's day out at the Palace for MBE

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A Shropshire  doctor is celebrating after receiving his MBE from Prince Charles for services to haematology.

Dr Nigel O'Connor, former consultant haematologist at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, travelled to London for a day of celebrations with his wife Angela three children Nicholas, Alice and William.

He said he was delighted to be made a Member of the Order of the British Empire. He said: "It has been a great day, we have had celebrations afterwards, it has been brilliant.

"My family have been able to attend with me. They start off by sorting the guests from the recipients and there is no real initiative required, they just march you in and are presented your medal.

"Prince Charles was very nice and chatty with everyone."

Dr O'Connor set up the Shropshire Blood Trust and the O'Connor Haematology Unit at RSH now stands in his name.

The charity made a £1.1million donation to help set up the Lingen Davies Centre at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital after he worked in the NHS for more than 36 years.

He also taught haematology to medical students and staff at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and at University Hospitals Birmingham.

Dr O'Connor is also a Shrewsbury town tour guide and said he spoke to the Prince of Wales about his fundraising work in the county.

He said: "Prince Charles was very impressed by the amount of money that we raised to open the unit and I told him it was down to the generous people of Shropshire. We have had a lovely celebration dinner and we will be visiting some family in Surrey for more celebrations there."

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