Practice nominated

Dr James Gallagher pictured with staff (left to right) Kath Buckley, Carole Wanley Pamela Walton and Stephanie Raper
Dr James Gallagher pictured with staff (left to right) Kath Buckley, Carole Wanley Pamela Walton and Stephanie Raper

A GP practice has been nominated for a top accolade.

Victoria Medical Practice in Hartlepool in in the running to pick up a trophy in the Hartlepool Mail-run Best of Health Awards.

It has been nominated in the GP Practice of the Year category and staff say they are delighted to have been nominated.

Practice manager Stephanie Raper said: “The staff are all happy they have been nominated, it’s nice to be appreciated by the patients. They are really excited.

“One of the doctors, James Gallagher has worked there for 25 years and receptionist, Pam Walton, has been there 23 years.

“I think it means a lot if people know the staff have been there for a long time.

“I think the larger practices get recognised more and the small practices get forgotten, so it’s nice to be noticed like this.”

The practice was nominated by a member of the public and now it is you chance to do the same.

It could not be easier for people to nominate their favourites from all sections of the health system.

All you have to do is go HERE and you’ll find the entry form.

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.

In all categories, judges will be looking for evidence of how nominated teams and individuals have consistently delivered high quality patient-centred services and/or examples of demonstrating an excellent attitude towards patients in the Hartlepool area.

The nomination forms will also be made available in reception areas, waiting rooms and other general areas over the next few weeks.

Send your completed forms to Lynn Wild, Echo House, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.

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