BEST OF HEALTH AWARDS: Don’t let your hero miss out

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FANTASTIC Hartlepool Mail readers have flooded the paper with around 75 nominations for the Best of Health awards.

And with more a than a week still left to put forward your favourites in the health service, there’s still time to make sure the unsung heroes get the praise they deserve.

Everyone from receptionists to midwives, carers to dentists and doctors to physiotherapists have already been applauded by the public for the work they do already.

Dozens of people have sent us the same message - that there’s a whole industry of people showing love, care, and courage and doing without getting the plaudits they deserve.

But we want to change all that by making this year the best yet for the Best of Health awards.

We are still on the lookout for more nominations and would love our competition to reach triple figures - and truly reflect the sheer size of the excellence in our local health service.

We would particularly love to hear from more carers, opticians and students or apprentices in the health world.

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

Fill in the form HERE

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.

Judges want evidence of how nominated teams and individuals have consistently delivered high quality patient-centred services or examples of demonstrating an excellent attitude towards patients in the Hartlepool area.

The nomination forms are also available in reception areas, waiting rooms and other general areas.

Send your completed forms to Lynn Wild, Echo House, Sunderland, SR4 9ER. The deadline for entries is Monday, May 6. Nominations can be made by members of the public or colleagues.