Nurse Edie is second to none

Lynne Whittingham (left) with Edie Coates. Picture By FRANK REID
Lynne Whittingham (left) with Edie Coates. Picture By FRANK REID

DEDICATED nurse Edie Coates has seen just about everything after almost 30 years in the job but admits she “was stunned” to hear she had been nominated in the Hartlepool Mail’s Best of Health Awards 2012.

The 46-year-old NHS angel is nearing the end of her third decade in the job having started at Cameron Hospital at the age of 17.

The former Henry Smith Grammer School pupil joined the NHS just a year after leaving school and over the decades has covered various aspects of nursing care.

For the last 10 years she has been with Bankhouse Surgery, which is now based in One Life Hartlepool, in Park Road.

Edie, a mum-of-two from the Middle Warren area of Hartlepool, was put forward by grateful patient Lynne Whittingham who needs delicate care after undergoing brain surgery.

Mrs Coates said: “I am totally stunned to be honest. It is wonderful that Lynne took the time to put me forward.

“It really does mean so much to me and I’m very grateful.”

Mrs Whittingham, 44, of the West View area of Hartlepool, told the Mail: “Edie is not just a nurse but a listening ear. She is someone who is easy to confide in and easy to talk to.

“She puts everyone at ease and is a real asset to her profession. I am often anxious when having tests or stitches taken out but whenever I have had an appointment with Edie she has always cheered me up.

“She really does deserve an award and I am sure many more people would agree.”

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 the caring and compassionate people who work tirelessly for the benefit of others.

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.

As well as Mrs Coates, a number of GPs and pharmacists have been put forward by grateful patients.

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

Now we need you, our readers, to put forward those deserving people who are worthy of praise.

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

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.

Nomination 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

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