Steady start for Best of Health Awards 2012

From left, Dr Boleslaw Posmyk, chairman of Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group, Linda Watson, clinical director for community services at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, and Steve Wallace, chairman of NHS Hartlepool
From left, Dr Boleslaw Posmyk, chairman of Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group, Linda Watson, clinical director for community services at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, and Steve Wallace, chairman of NHS Hartlepool

NOMINATIONS are flying in for the Hartlepool Mail’s Best of Health Awards 2012.

The first was submitted just hours after the awards were launched and a steady stream have followed over the last couple of days.

Already a number of GPs have been put forward by grateful patients along with a dedicated nurse and a caring pharmacist.

All nominees have one common thread – their devotion to the people they care for.

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 caring and compassionate people who work tirelessly for the benefit of others and whose care and compassion has helped change lives.

The awards have again won the backing of the local health and business sector and are being proudly supported by bosses at both NHS Hartlepool and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, local health companies IntraHealth and Hart Biologicals and Hartlepool College of Further Education, Cleveland Fire Support Network and The Academy at Shotton Hall.

Now we need you to put forward those desrving people who are worthy of praise.

It is how they have enhanced and enriched your life that makes them the special people they are.

Many go that extra mile without any thought of recognition but between us we can publicly highlight and praise the work they do.

We want you to tell us about these special people who have either touched your life or the lives of your family and friends.

Such people usually go unnoticed as they go about their duties without seeking praise or plaudits.

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.

We would urge you to study the categories and put forward those people who might otherwise go unrecognised.

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.

Forms can be cut out of the Mail and sent to us at Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX or downloaded and mailed to paul.watson@northeast-press.co.uk.

Forms 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 our Mail reception.

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 paul.watson@northeast-press.co.uk.