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5 December 2017

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Rovers' Stadium Doctor has been named as the North West's GP of the Year for 2017.

Dr Neil Smith has been with Rovers for over 20 years, initially starting out as one of three doctors at the club. He's a major part of the medical team on matchdays ever since.

Local man Dr Smith, is also GP cancer lead across East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, and was given the prestigious award by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Dr Smith said: “I love working where I grew up and being a part of this wonderful community and area.

"I feel very fortunate to be surrounded with kind and caring colleagues, staff and patients.

"I want to ensure that patients can see and be treated by high quality GPs now and for the future.

"I am particularly passionate about improving cancer care, as I have seen the devastating effect of cancer on my patients and in the community where I live and work.

“I cannot emphasise enough, the importance of an early diagnosis as this does save lives. So if anyone is concerned about any symptoms always get them checked out as early as possible. By doing this you can rule cancer out; or if it is; get it treated quickly and successfully. It is a privilege to do my job and to receive this award.”

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