A MEDICAL professor who has worked to reduce the need for major amputation among diabetic patients with foot conditions in Gwent received a CBE in the New Year’s honours.

Professor Keith Harding, who lives in Cardiff, runs weekly clinics at Newport’s Royal Gwent and St Woolos hospitals, providing care for diabetic patients who need treatment on their feet.

Through this, Professor Harding says the need for major amputation among patients has been reduced by 60 to 70 per cent.

He also runs a general clinic at St Woolos, providing care for patients in the Aneurin Bevan Health Board area with wounds.

The professor at Cardiff University’s school of medicine has also carried out a study in the past into the use of maggots in helping to heal wounds.

Professor Harding said it was “great” to be awarded a CBE and recognised the teams and patients he works with in receiving the award.