Coeliac disease charity celebrates its GP of the Year

Cumbria GP Dr Fayyaz Chaudhri won the GP of the Year award at the 2008 Coeliac UK Awards at the charity's annual conference.

Dr Fayyaz Chaudhri received his award from Neil Crawford. Photograph:Chantal Richards

The Maryport GP, who won a glass award and a certificate, was nominated by one of his patients who cited him as going above and beyond the call of duty as a GP.

The charity says the GP has brought the health service and coeliac patients in his area closer together and has a great understanding of the physical and psychological impacts of the illness.

Dr Chaudhri said: ‘I feel very honoured to receive this award and, although I have a distinct advantage as I myself have coeliac disease, which has forced me to have an interest, I am also very aware of the subtleties around living with the condition and am keen to raise awareness amongst my medical colleagues and also in a wider community.'

Dr Chaudhri received his award from Neil Crawford, marketing director for award sponsors Gluten Free Foods.

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