BEST OF HEALTH AWARDS:Edie earns top praise

Edie Coates.

Edie Coates.

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POPULAR Edie Coates has certainly made an impression on her many patients.

The nursing assistant practitioner at the Bankhouse surgery in Hartlepool received numerous nominations for this year’s Best of Health awards.

Yet modest Edie played down her role and said: “I just love the job that I do. I love helping people.

“I just try and do as much as I can for them.”

Edie, who works at the surgery in the One Life building in Hartlepool, was repeatedly described by the people who nominated her as “kind, friendly and professional.”.

One patient, Brenda Harker, 75, said: “She makes you feel completely at ease and takes your mind off everything.”

Another, Ann Marley, 73, said: “Nothing is too much trouble for her. She is such a caring person.

“She takes a genuine interest in any problems we may have.”

A third patient described Edie as “a credit to her practice.”

Edie, who has worked for the surgery for ten years, said: “All I do is look after the wellbeing of the patients as best I can.

“I am very honoured and actually a bit shocked to be nominated. I have a lot of lovely patients. To hear that they have put me forward for the competition really means a lot to me.

“If I did win, it would be for the patients who have given me the chance.”

More than 300 people submitted entries for this year’s Best of Health Awards, resulting in around 150 nominations.

From doctors to midwives and GPs to carers, we have had worthy causes across the board. The deadline for nominations has now passed and we now move on to the next stage of the competition.

The difficult task of choosing the shortlisted candidates goes to the competition judges who will meet next week to pick the best of an already impressive field.

The cream of the candidates will be selected. Then, all the shortlisted entrants will be invited to a finals night to be held at the Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield on Thursday, June 6.

The compere for the evening will be presenter Wayne Allen, who expertly hosted the Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards earlier this year.

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