Hartlepool heroes celebrated at the Best of Health Awards

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What a night it was for the health heroes of Hartlepool.

Hundreds gathered for the finale of this year’s Hartlepool Mail Best of Health Awards and the glittering event lived up to expectations.

Award winners in the Hartlepool Best of Health Awards 2015 at the Hardwick hall Hotel, Sedgefiekd last night

Award winners in the Hartlepool Best of Health Awards 2015 at the Hardwick hall Hotel, Sedgefiekd last night

There were tears of joy, standing ovations, and a whole night packed with so many highlights.

They included Susan Moore, the winner of the long term achievement award for dedicating 43 years of working life to the NHS and inspiring two of her family to go into a career in health care. And there was Andie Veart from the Chadwick Practice who won the customer service award for being “a huge credit to the health service.”

There was huge applause for the Elective Care Unit which won the hospital team of the year title after a flood of nominations, one of which said: “All the staff strive really hard to make the patient’s journey safe and comfortable.”

Midwife of the Year was Karen Pearson - described as “a caring individual and excels in her work.”

There were tears of joy, standing ovations, and a whole night packed with so many highlights

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And GP of the Year was another winner for the Chadwick Practice. Dr Pradeep was praised for being “always very cheerful, and if you could sell her smile, you’d make a fortune.”

The Practice of the Year was the West View Millennium Surgery while the unsung hero title went to the community dental team for “such kindness, understanding and compassion.”

Peter Burrell from the University Hospital of Hartlepool is Pharmacist of the Year while Sharon Courtney proudly became Optometrist of the Year. Care worker of the year is Shirley Woolridge whose help for a woman with dementia was “so caring it touched my heart,” said one Mail reader.

Dr Anil Agarwal, a consultant surgeon for 13 years, was hospital doctor of the year for his total commitment to the people of Hartlepool.

Winner of the Long Term Achievement Award at the Hartlepool Best of Health 2015 Awards at the Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield was Sue Moore (centre) pictured with son-in-law Michael Nugent, daughter Lorna Nugent, husband Robert and son Alastair

Winner of the Long Term Achievement Award at the Hartlepool Best of Health 2015 Awards at the Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield was Sue Moore (centre) pictured with son-in-law Michael Nugent, daughter Lorna Nugent, husband Robert and son Alastair

And Gill Roberts, who works as an Infection Control Nurse providing advice and support to nursing and residential care homes across Hartlepool, is Nurse of the Year

One final award went to Edie Coates of the Bank House Surgery, for help and care which was described by one family as so good, it put every one of them at ease.

They were among the fantastic highlights of the night at the Hardwick Hall Hotel.

Watch out for a supplement filled with even more photographs and interviews in the Hartlepool Mail on June 24.

The winners

GP of the Year - Dr Pradeep, Chadwick Practice.

GP Practice of the Year - West View Millennium Surgery.

Midwife of the Year - Karen Pearson.

Unsung Hero Award - Community Dental Service Team.

Pharmacist of the Year - Peter Burrell, University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Customer Service Award - Andie Veart, Chadwick Practice.

Optometrist/Optician of the Year - Sharon Courtney, Specsavers.

Care Worker of the Year - Shirley Wooldridge, Clifton House.

Hospital Team of the Year - Ward 4, Elective Care Unit, University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Hospital Doctor of the Year - Dr Anil Agarwal, North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

Nurse of the Year - Gill Roberts, Infection Control Nurse, University of North Tees.

Long Term Achievement Award - Susan Moore.

Judges Choice Award - Day Case Unit, Hartlepool.

Judges Special Recognition Award - Edie Coates, Bank House Surgery.