skip to main content

High Sheriff visits the James Paget

22 February 2024

Norfolk's High Sheriff Professor Krishna Sethia with some of our volunteer team. The group of 15 - and one PAT dog - stand inside one of our office corridors. About half of the group wear red tops, or tabbards, which is volunteer uniform, while others are dressed more casually. The High Sheriff wears a suit and tie and is visible towards the back of the group.  

Norfolk’s High Sheriff, Professor Krishna Sethia, visited the James Paget yesterday, Wednesday 21 February, to take a tour of some of our departments and to meet some of our teams.

Professor Sethia, an urology consultant, and former medical director, at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, became the first doctor in the county to be appointed as High Sheriff of Norfolk last year.

The 12-month honorary position is the oldest Royal appointment in the country, dating back to Saxon times when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county. The appointment is made by the King on the advice of a local panel drawn from across the community.

Today High Sheriffs are independent and non-political, and actively lend support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector.

During his visit Professor Sethia spent time talking to a number of teams at the hospital, including some of our volunteers, pictured above.

He also visited our Emergency Department and Concept Ward to meet staff and take a look at the facilities, and met with our staff network leads and our Charity Manager Maxine Taylor.