I am writing to share with you the news that Mr Sewa Singh, Medical Director will retire 31 March 2020.
As the longest-serving member of our Board of Directors, for a number of years the Trust has depended upon Sewa’s experience, expertise and candour. Since his appointment as Medical Director in 2012, the care delivered by the Trust has improved substantially whilst our commitment to training and education has also progressed significantly.
Born and raised in Malaysia, Sewa came to the United Kingdom in the late 1970s to undertake further education at the University of Sheffield, graduating with a degree in Medicine in 1983. A fellowship at Edinburgh’s Royal College of Surgeons followed, after which Sewa completed a period of research, for which he was awarded Doctor of Medicine in Vascular Physiology.
Sewa was appointed consultant surgeon at Doncaster Royal Infirmary in 1996. Building his reputation as a surgeon and demonstrating great leadership potential, Sewa was appointed Clinical Director for Surgery in 2004, Director of the Division of Surgery in 2008 and Deputy Medical Director from 2010 until his appointment as Medical Director in 2012.
Since becoming Medical Director, Sewa has contributed and led colleagues within the Trust to improve the quality of care and improved services:
- A substantial reduction of our Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR) from a high of 111 in 2013, to a better than expected low of 87.42 in mid-2017.
- Development of the Trust’s nationally and internationally recognised vascular service.
- Led the Trust’s successful bid to deliver aortic aneurysm screening for the region.
- Introduction of stroke prevention (carotid endarterectomy), upper limb vascular surgery and endovascular aneurysm repair, as well as overseeing the delivery of the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit.
- Development of diagnostic services in partnership with the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust, with a brand new CT Suite set to open at Doncaster Royal Infirmary in early 2020.
- And many more enhancements, improvements and strides forward for the Trust.
For Sewa’s commitment, dedication and expertise, I want to offer my personal thanks, and the thanks of the Board and entire Trust, and wish him the very happiest of retirements. The Medical Director position is of crucial importance to any Trust, and I believe Sewa has lived up to this responsibility, leaving DBTH in a far better position with an exciting future ahead.
Richard Parker OBE