Hereford & Worcester

Knighthood for consultant's help for injured troops

Professor Keith Porter
Image caption Professor Porter said he was proud to receive the honour

The consultant who co-ordinates the care of British troops injured in Afghanistan has received a knighthood for services to the armed forces.

Professor Keith Porter, from Alvechurch, Worcestershire, is a consultant at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham.

The 61-year-old said he is "shocked but proud" to be honoured.

He is among 11 people from Herefordshire and Worcestershire included in the New Year Honours list.

Sir Keith, who trained at St Thomas' Hospital in London before being jointly appointed at the Birmingham Accident Hospital and Selly Oak Hospital in 1986, said "phenomenal" work was undertaken there to help injured troops.

'Reflection of work'

"To me, most of these patients are survivors," he said.

"It's about giving them the best quality of life for the future.

"We have had a few people who have had triple amputations - there has been phenomenal work to ensure their one remaining limb is as great as it could be.

"We have been quite innovative in so many ways."

He said the honour was was "a reflection of work in excess of the last 10 years".

He was awarded a professorship by University Hospital Birmingham, the University of Birmingham and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in 2005.

He is now Senior Trauma Surgeon at University Hospital Birmingham and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine where he is the civilian lead co-ordinating the care of injured military personnel returning from Afghanistan.

Others included in Queen's New Year Honours List are George Bolsover, from Pershore, chairman of Aggregate Industries, who is appointed CBE for services to the construction industry.

Others become MBEs and one an OBE.

Recipients include:

MBE

Mrs Rosemary Clark, from Worcestershire, director at Bookstart Gifting Programmes for services to education.

Mrs Elinor Cordiner, from Pershore, for services to the Drinking Water Inspectorate.

Councillor David Folkes, from Worcestershire, for services to the community in Broadway, in Worcestershire.

Christopher Green, from Malvern, founder of the Active Training and Education Trust for voluntary service to Education.

Anthony Higgs, from Redditch, senior executive officer at Jobcentre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions.

Adrian McCrudden, from Worcestershire, an administrative officer at Jobcentre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions.

Mrs Jean O'Donnell, from Hereford, for services to the community in Herefordshire.

William Simpson, JP, from Worcester, for services to horticulture and to the community in Worcestershire.

OBE

Richard Boot, from Kidderminster, becomes an OBE for services to business in the West Midlands.

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