Muscat: A nurse in Oman and the UK Ambassador’s executive assistant are among those awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal by Queen Elizabeth II.
Kathleen Lee, a nurse in Oman has been awarded the British Empire Medal by the Queen for her outstanding work in hospitals across the Sultanate.
Rachael Renihan, the UK Ambassador’s executive assistant, was awarded the British Empire Medal for her services in furthering Oman-UK relations.
A statement by the UK Government said that Kathleen Emily Lee, a nurse in Muscat’s Medident centre, was awarded the medal ‘for services to the health and welfare of British nationals overseas.’
Speaking exclusively to Times of Oman, Kathleen said: “As a British Citizen it [the medal] is the highest accolade and I am honoured to be recognised in this way.
“I feel proud to be a British citizen and am grateful for the opportunities that have been made possible for me as a result of living in Oman.
“I have been practicing as a nurse in Oman since 2000 but I have always helped people wherever I have been. It’s what nurses naturally do,” she added.
She added that she wanted nurses in Oman to always continue learning so they can help people.
“Throughout my career I have learnt that when you invest in your own learning and development your patients benefit. I would like to inspire nurses to do the best that they can and to continue learning and studying to improve the services they provide for their patients, “ she added.
A statement from Ms. Hannah Macki, the Director of Medident, read: “The clinic is delighted and very proud of Kathy. It is formal recognition of all her hard work and commitment over the years to all of our patients, especially British citizens living in Oman.”
“Ms. Lee is an exemplary employee and gives 100 per cent to her job and her patients.”
Kathleen has been living in Oman for 21 years, and has been a Registered General Nurse at Medident for 15, where she saw medicine evolve. “I have witnessed many changes over the years and progression in the field of medicine,” she added.
Kathleen is proud of her work in Oman, particular at Medident.
She said, “I love my career and I’ve found working in Oman and in particular Medident very rewarding.
“I am proud to be a nurse and to be able to help and support our patients and community by providing consistently high standards of care,” she added.
The statement by Medident added that the centre is currently considering a method to celebrate Kathleen’s achievement.
The embassy in Oman has praised the efforts of both Kathleen and Rachael Renihan , and congratulated them on the awards.