CURRENT GP of the Year Simon Acey is in the running to retain his title after being nominated for the Hartlepool Mail Best of Health Awards 2012.
The 47-year-old GP, who works out of Havelock Grange, now based in One Life Hartlepool, won last year’s award after judges heard how he always went “above and beyond” for his patients.
He has now been nominated by teenager Jessica Devonport who admits she would have “given up on life” were it not for him.
Jessica, who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome, fears she would have been left housebound and isolated without Dr Acey’s care, support and advice.
The 19-year-old, who lives in the Dyke House area of Hartlepool, said: “He has such an understanding manner.
“In 2009 he diagnosed me with chronic fatigue syndrome and my life has never been the same since.
“Without his support and encouragement I would be housebound and would have given up on life.
“Everything he does is in the best interests of his patients and I feel honoured to nominate him for the GP of the Year award.”
The Mail’s Best of Health Awards celebrate the dedication of unsung heroes working in the health profession.
The annual awards are aimed at publicly honouring those who work tirelessly for the benefit of others and whose care and compassion has helped change lives.
The awards are being supported by bosses at both NHS Hartlepool and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, local health companies IntraHealth and Hart Biologicals as well as Hartlepool College of Further Education, Cleveland Fire Support Network and The Academy at Shotton Hall.
As Jessica has today, we want you to put forward those deserving people who are worthy of praise.
We want you to tell us about these special people who have either touched your life or the lives of your family and friends.
It is up to us to ensure they get the credit they deserve.
Our 11 categories cover every aspect of health care and take in doctors, nurses, GP and dental practices, opticians, hospital teams, community workers, carers and those with long and distinguished service.
A judging panel will meet in mid-June and the winners will be announced at a plush black-tie evening ceremony at Hardwick Hall Hotel, in Sedgefield, later that month.
Nomination forms can be downloaded at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and emailed to us.
Paper copies are also available in the reception areas at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, in Holdforth Road and One Life Hartlepool, in Park Road, as well as the Mail reception.
Those can be filled in and sent to us at the Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX.
The deadline for submitting nominations is Sunday, June 3.
Anyone wanting more information about the awards should contact the Mail’s head of news, Paul Watson, on (01429) 239361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.