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MRI scanner suite renamed in memory of former radiology director

Tanqueray Suite

An MRI scanner suite at Southend Hospital has been renamed in memory of a former director of radiology who worked at the hospital for almost 30 years.

Dr Andrew Tanqueray, who was an interventional radiologist, died of cancer in 2018, at the age of 64, but his memory will now live on at the location where he dedicated many years working to help others.

The MRI suite, one of three at Southend, will now be known as The Tanquery MRI Suite, and features a plaque which was unveiled by his family and colleagues during a short, private, socially-distanced ceremony yesterday (Thursday  25 November) in his memory.

Mary, Dr Tanquery’s wife, said: "I think its brilliant Andrew’s name has been given to one of the MRI suites. I am really happy he’s being honoured in this way.  A lot of people will remember him fondly, he’d have been a little embarrassed about all the fuss, as he was very humble, but richly deserves it.”

Dr Tanquery had worked at Southend Hospital since 1989 and was a much-loved colleague and respected radiologist, who worked closely with surgeons performing keyhole surgery.

His speciality was a procedure where a small incision was made to gain access to a patient’s stomach for treatment, which often meant patients could go home on the same day.

He studied at Cambridge College and worked in London hospitals and was also the chairman of Southend’s consultant staff committee and the director of radiology, before he passed away at the age of 64.

Dr Saman Perera, a consultant radiologist, who worked alongside Dr Tanquery since 1992, said: “He was an excellent colleague, very knowledgeable and highly respected in the hospital. He is much-missed.

“Dr Tanqueray was a quietly spoken person, but he was well respected for his opinion in radiology. He was really supportive of other staff in radiology and was a good teacher to junior doctors.”



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