The President of Malta visited St. Mark’s Hospital today (22 November) to thank staff for their care of Maltese patients who come to the UK for treatment.
Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca visited the specialist bowel hospital as part of her annual visit to hospitals in London that treat Maltese patients who cannot obtain specialist treatment locally.
She was visiting in her capacity as chairperson of the Malta Community Chest Fund, a charity which funds treatment abroad for Maltese patients.
The President, her husband, and other delegates were welcomed to the hospital by Chief Executive Dame Jacqueline Docherty, Clinical Director for St. Mark’s Hospital Dr Omar Faiz and Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr Naila Arebi.
Her Excellency thanked staff for their very important contribution to ensuring Maltese patients and their relatives receive the best possible care during their stay in the UK.
She said: “We receive feedback from patients who tell us that they are very happy with the care they receive at St. Mark’s Hospital. We are very grateful that Maltese patients have access to the hospital and on behalf of the Maltese people I would like to thank the staff for everything they do.”
During her visit, the President made a donation to support the work of the St. Mark's Hospital Foundation, a charity dedicated to making the vision of improved bowel health a reality.
Chief Executive Dame Jacqueline Docherty said: “We are particularly honoured that the people of Malta have responded in this generous way to support members of their community who fall ill far from home.
“As an organisation that put the patients at the heart of everything we do, we particularly welcome this generous gesture and thank the President for taking the time to visit St. Mark’s Hospital.”