Trust surgeon one of twelve 'Everyday Heroes' celebrated by the Evening Standard

Mr Shehan Hettiaratchy, trauma lead and major trauma director at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, is one of 12 individuals collectively named ‘the most influential Londoners’ in this year’s Progress 1000 list by the Evening Standard in recognition of their involvement in the response to this year’s major incidents in the Capital.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has treated patients after the tragic events at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Grenfell Tower at both Charing Cross and St Mary’s hospitals. St Mary’s Hospital is one of four major trauma centres in London treating patients with some of the most severe injuries. Advances in major trauma care and plastic and reconstructive surgery mean it’s much more likely that these patients will survive and recover from their injuries than even ten years ago.

Evening Standard editor George Osborne said the 12 chosen for the 11th edition of The Progress 1000  “stand for many more” heroic Londoners.

Shehan said: “It’s a real honour and I see this as recognition for how the wider NHS responded to the tragic events of this year. We have shown that, whatever comes, London’s health services react in the way we do every day - with calmness, compassion and professionalism.”