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Heart Specialist Made Star of Life Centre

Newsdate: 18 April 2013

The heart specialist who gave Wigan and Leigh its first class cardiology service has been recognised with his very own star placed in the grounds of Wigan Boroughs’ newest flagship development.

Dr Nayyar Naqvi, whose dedication to medicine and treating the people of Wigan Borough spans over 40 years, had his achievements honoured at a special recognition ceremony where he received his very own commemorative star placed outside Wigan Life Centre.

Dr Navqui with colleagues and friends

The star – which was presented to Dr Naqvi by Lord Peter Smith, Leader of Wigan Council – will be seen by the hundreds of local people who visit the award-winning development every day to access a host of public, voluntary and community services including housing and council tax benefit support, health advice, help finding work and to take part in personal development courses.

Dr Naqvi began his medical career at Wigan Royal Infirmary in 1970 before going on to set up the cardiology service for Wigan and Leigh Health Authority in 1979. In 2004 he was awarded with an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen, for his services to Medicine and Cardiology.

He was joined by family, friends and colleagues to accept his special accolade outside Wigan Life Centre which will join famous Wigan faces including Billy Boston, Stuart Maconie and John Winnard.

Lord Peter Smith, Leader of Wigan Council, said: “I was delighted to present Dr Naqvi with his own star to recognise his tremendous contribution to cardiology and looking after the health of local people.

“Placing it outside such a popular flagship development where it will be seen by local residents - many of which being his own patients - seemed like a fitting way to show our thanks for  the highly valued treatment  he provides to the people of Wigan Borough.”

Dr Nayyar Naqvi said: “It is a great honour to have my own star outside Wigan Life Centre and to be placed among some of Wigan Boroughs’ biggest and best talents.

“I am very passionate about cardiology and I believe treating patients is a reward in itself. The people of Wigan are very special to me and I have worked through many challenges to provide them with a first class cardiology service - and this is something I shall continue to do for as long as I am capable.”

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