A DEDICATED GP who was based in Woodley for a significant period of her career has been awarded an OBE by the former Prime Minister for her services to public health.

Doctor Debbie Milligan, who currently works at Swallowfield Medical Practice, was previously a GP in the Woodley area for 20 years, according to the NHS Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website.

Dr Milligan has a particular interest in emergency and palliative care.

She has been recognised for her work in Theresa May's resignation honours list, which was released by the former PM this week.

The list acknowledges deserving people across the country for their efforts and grants them a British Honours title.

Dr Milligan used to work at Woodley Centre Surgery and is now the NHS locality lead for Wokingham.

Speaking about Debbie's impressive achievement, Sam Burrows, deputy chief officer and director of strategy for Berkshire West CCG, said: "We are extremely proud of Dr Milligan being appointed to the honours list and feel that it’s very well deserved.

"Dr Milligan has made a major contribution to improving the care of our local population through her work as a local GP and her work with us here at Berkshire West CCG."

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust posted a tweet congratulating her, which said: 'Many congratulations to GP Dr Debbie Milligan, @BerksWestCCG who has been awarded an OBE for her services to public health.'

John Daniels, head of Urgent Care at Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, also honoured Dr Milligan's accolade.

He said in a tweet: 'Congratulations to the amazing Dr Debbie Milligan @BerksWestCCG for being awarded an OBE.

'The @BHFT Urgent Care team are super proud of you Debbie.'