AN ANGLESEY doctor has been honoured in the New Year Honours List.
Consultant physician at Ysbyty Gwynedd’s renal unit Dr Mahdi Jibani, of Llanfairpwll, has been appointed an MBE for his services to medicine.
He said: “To be nominated for such an award by your colleagues and the people you work with is truly humbling.”
Dr Jibani, originally from Libya, qualified as a doctor in 1979 and has worked at Ysbyty Gwynedd since 1984.
The doctor, who helped to establish the hospital’s extensive Home Haemodialysis Programme, praised his Ysbyty Gwynedd colleagues for their hard work.
He said: “The most rewarding part of my work is how we work in the department - we work as a team with the patients as the focus of our care.
“While I’m the person that has been awarded the MBE, I feel that I’m receiving it on behalf of the team.”
He has raised money for the Ysbyty Gwynedd Kidney Patients Association by leading the annual ramble through Snowdonia.
Dr Jibani, his team and patients have also raised funds to help patients at a hospital in his hometown of Misrata, which was besieged by Colonel Gaddafi’s henchmen before the dictator’s downfall.
Dr Jibani said: “The improvement since the campaign started is unbelievable.
“There are fully-functioning dialysis machines there and they’ve rebuilt the hospital, and the next step we’re hoping to do is to start the process of twinning our unit with the one in Misrata.”
A Welsh Office spokesman added: “Dr Jibani has a level of compassion that has led many of his patients to regard him as a friend as well as a doctor.
His dedication to his patients is further evidenced by his availability to give advice and help at all hours.