BEST OF HEALTH AWARDS: Opticians are the latest hopefuls

Pictured(left to right) Ian Walker, Sharon Courtney and Ross Hutcheson.

Pictured(left to right) Ian Walker, Sharon Courtney and Ross Hutcheson.

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A TRIO of optician staff have told of their delight at being nominated for an awards.

Yet despite receiving individual nominations for the Best of Health awards, staff at Specsavers say the most important aspect is that they’ve made the public happy.

Sharon Courtney, Ross Hutcheson and Ian Walker are each in the running for an honour in the Hartlepool Mail-backed contest.

Sharon, a dispensing optician, said: “I am pleased to be nominated but I certainly did not expect it.”

She said the most important thing at the outlet in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre was “teamwork.”

Ross, an opthalmic director, said he “greatly appreciated” being nominated for an award.

But he also stressed: “If there is a strong team ethic, it means people can perform better and it sets the basis to do a good job.

“That’s something I take seriously.”

Store director Ian Walker is also in the running for an award. He said: “I am pleased and elated.” He has worked at the store for 13 years but that is just part of 27 years of service to Specsavers.

Mr Walker added: “Job satisfaction for me is handling problems and challenges and putting them right. It is about helping people.”

He said that being nominated for an award was “nice because it is recognition for what we do.”

We’re down to the final few hours of our search for a health hero.

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Entries will be taken in the following categories:

GP of the Year;

GP Practice of the Year;

Dentist of the Year;

Nurse of the Year;

Team of the Year;

Optometrist of the Year;

Pharmacist of the Year;

Carer of the Year;

Midwife of the Year;

Receptionist of the Year;

Long Term Achievement;

Health Care Apprentice/Student.

Judges want evidence of how nominated teams and individuals have consistently delivered high quality patient-centred services or examples of demonstrating an excellent attitude towards patients in the Hartlepool area.

The deadline for entries is Monday, May 6. Nominations can be made by members of the public or colleagues.