‘My doctor never gave up on me – I owe him my life’

NOMINATED Dr Tim Gulliford with Jo Furber
NOMINATED Dr Tim Gulliford with Jo Furber
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CANCER patient Jo Furber had all but given up hope that she would win her battle against the disease.

Jo, of Harrison Road, Fareham, was first diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago.

Since then the cancer has spread to her lungs and bones, and she has had a mastectomy.

Two years ago she was introduced to Dr Tim Gulliford, a consultant oncologist, at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham.

She said: ‘The course of my life has been altered forever by this odious disease, which may well now be incurable for me.

‘I have had to give up a well-paid career that I loved and have been forced to move house, but I feel that I owe my life to Dr Gulliford, who is fighting this with me and hasn’t given up the huge fight against cancer.

‘I feel that for his care and dedication he deserves to be recognised.’

Dr Gulliford has been nominated in the Hospital Doctor of the Year category at this year’s Best of Health Awards 2013.

He said: ‘I feel honoured that Jo has nominated me.

‘I’m conscious I am the face of a wider team that works extremely hard to provide the care to treat Jo and help her cope with her illness.

‘Jo might not have been moved to put pen to paper if the whole team did not deliver, so I’m grateful for this recognition on a personal level, and proud it reflects so well on the teams that work tirelessly both in the clinics and behind the scenes.’

To nominate someone for an award, fill in the form at the bottom of this story, or email nominations to 
healthawards@thenews.co.uk.

The closing date for entries is July 5, and the awards night takes place at Portsmouth Guildhall on October 25.