Be an angel and nominate a health hero – the Hartlepool Mail Best of Health awards are back!

University Hospital of Hartlepool staff
University Hospital of Hartlepool staff

IT’S back! And our search for the heroes in the health profession will hopefully be bigger and better than ever.

From physios to nurses, dentists to pharmacists, and midwives to doctors. Our health service is second to none.

It’s time to show our gratitude for the excellent work done by unsung heroes - the people who save our lives, who get us better when we’re sick and who give selflessly to help others.

Today, we are launching the Hartlepool Mail Best of Health awards to honour the angels.

We want to publicly praise the town’s marvellous medical staff but we need you, our readers, to tell us who they are.

We’re sure there’s hundreds out there, in GP surgeries, dental practices, hospitals and clinics.

Tell us who they are and let’s make sure they get plenty of praise.

To give you an example of the caring service out there, we met with some of the departments at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Jo Baron, John Wray and Debbie Race all work in the theatre section and deal with 20 to 30 patients a day.

They can be anyone from people with gall bladder problems to joint replacements, or with gynaecological issues - all needing care and support as they come into hospital for an operation.

Jo, a staff nurse in the section, said the awards were a good way of rewarding those who dedicate their lives to helping others.

“It is nice to be recognised and of course it would be lovely to be nominated ourselves. It shows that people recognise what you have done for them.”

John, a registered operating department practitioner, said: “We do this job because we love the work we do.”

Jill Barrett is the matron in the medical rehabilitation day unit. She manages the team of six nurses and said: “We work closely as a team.”

It’s that teamwork in many sections of the health service which is impressive and that’s what we want to honour.

Jill said: “The Best of Health awards are really good because they give really good support to staff and it helps to reward good practice.”

Carolyn Gate works as a sister on the cardio day unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool. Her work, from Monday to Friday, is to deal with around 14 patients a day – each arriving for procedures such as angiograms (a procedure which helps your doctor decide what treatment you might need. It is an x-ray test that takes pictures of the blood flow within an artery.)

She also gave her backing to the awards which will once again show the excellent work being done by hundreds of healthcare staff across the town.

So what are you waiting for? Now is your chance to put forward your favourites.

Buy Monday’s Hartlepool Mail for an entry form.

An online application will open later this week on