BEST OF HEALTH AWARDS: Saleha does her bit to help others

Saleha Hussain, the receptionist at the Community Drugs Centre on Whitby Street in Hartlepool, has been nominated for a Best of Health award.

Saleha Hussain, the receptionist at the Community Drugs Centre on Whitby Street in Hartlepool, has been nominated for a Best of Health award.

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CHALLENGING but enjoyable. That’s Saleha Hussain’s verdict on her job as receptionist in a service which helps addicts.

The 27-year-old loves her work within the Whitby-Street based Substance Misuse Service in Hartlepool.

And the clients clearly love her after she was nominated for a Best of Health Award.

“I am flattered,” said Sal who has worked there for more than 10 years and is part of a team of 15 people.

“I did not expect thiss at all and I was really shocked when I found out that someone had nominated me,”

Saleha is the face of the misuse team which initiates treatment programmes for “clients with different substance misuse addictions,” she said.

She said the most satisfying part of her job was “knowing that we are making a difference for our clients”.

It’s a job which keeps her busy and Saleha admits: “I like that. The phone never stops ringing and you are constantly on the go, and before you know it, it is the end of the week.

“It is challenging but I do service with a smile.”

Saleha is one of more than 100 nominations for this year’s awards.

But we want more, especially for students and apprentices, midwives and those who have given impressive long-term service.

Every nominated cause will be given careful consideration before the shortlists are drawn up.

In the meantime, why not make our job even harder by putting forward your own favourite.

Fill in the form HERE

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 nomination forms are also available in reception areas, waiting rooms and other general areas.

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