PATIENTS and staff at Spire Parkway Hospital said a fond farewell to Professor Don Milligan who has spent three decades helping those with life changing illnesses.
Prof Milligan, a Consultant Haematologist, spent most of his working life in the Heart of England NHS Foundation trust and over 25 years at Spire Parkway Hospital.
Over the years Prof Milligan has treated hundreds of patients and worked tirelessly to improve patient outcomes.
His specialities included stem cell transplantation, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and acute myeloid leukaemia.
Most recently one of his former patients, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, announced he was in remission following treatment for lymphoma under the care of Professor Milligan.
Reflecting on his career Prof Milligan said: “Being able to support those living with haematological cancers is something I will miss, knowing you have made a positive difference to someone’s life is what it’s all about.”
“My work has always been challenging, but enjoyable.
“I was Medical Director for the Pan Birmingham Cancer Network and director of the Healthcare Research Institute at Heartlands Hospital.
“It’s been fantastic to see the development of haematological research and its outcomes to provide patients with the best care and treatment available.
“I am delighted to leave the care of my patients and all those who come through the doors at Spire Parkway to my colleagues, Dr Paneesha, Dr Nikolousis and Dr Kishore.
“I know they have the knowledge, expertise and compassionate care to carry on the high levels of care they already provide to their patients and will now do so to those who were under my care.”
Prof Milligan is looking forward to spending his days playing golf, gardening and playing with his much-loved grandchildren.
Cancer Services Manager Elisa Follen said “It’s been a delight to have Professor Milligan working with the team at Spire Parkway for over 25 years. We wish him all the best for a happy and healthy retirement, but he is always welcome to come and visit us