Health heroes

The judging panel for The Gazette's Best of Health Awards. L-R Ramesh Gandhi, Lily Henderson, Norma Rodgers and Emma Harris.

The judging panel for The Gazette's Best of Health Awards. L-R Ramesh Gandhi, Lily Henderson, Norma Rodgers and Emma Harris.

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YOUR health heroes have now been shortlisted.

After a flurry of nominations for the Eve Best of Health Awards, the closing date came and went and the judging panel sat down last week for the difficult job of picking the winners.

All the entries were of such a high calibre, it was not an easy task, but a shortlist was developed.

MP Paul Maynard was unable to make the panel meeting, due to unforeseen Parliamentary commitments, but communicated his favourite nominees.

The following health workers were chosen for the shortlist.

All shortlisted nominees have been invited to a special celebration luncheon at Ribby Hall Village on April 12, where the winners will be presented with trophies and certificates.

DENTIST OF THE YEAR

Dr Catriona Heyes, from St Annes Dental Clinic, was nominated for the way she helped a patient with a phobia of dentists.

Peter Thompson, of Elms Dental Surgery in Fleetwood, received two nominations. The panel was struck by the way he had been so patient and understanding with fearful and phobic patients, putting them at their ease.

Jon Armstrong, of Gregson and Armstrong Dental Surgery, Thornton, was nominated by a patient who suffered dental injuries and had to have emergency treatment.

UNSUNG HERO

Leena Smith, a volunteer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, who, at the age of 90, is still going strong, having done the role for 38 years.

Stephen Haywood was nominated for the ‘fantastic contribution’ he makes to the lives of many people in Fylde and Wyre who have learning disabilities.

Sandra Hargreaves, social worker with Blackpool Council, was nominated for helping to arrange support from various organisations for a grateful client in Cleveleys.

DOCTOR OF THE YEAR

Dr Janet Pollock, of Bloomfield Medical Centre, Blackpool, was described as a ‘hero and an angel’ by the patient who nominated her.

Dr Alison Reece, from Waterloo Medical Centre, South Shore, impressed the judges with her caring nature and willingness to go the extra mile. She struck the panel as a real, old-fashioned family doctor.

Dr John Watt, who has been a partner at Queensway Medical Centre, Poulton, for more than 20 years, was nominated for carrying responsibilities beyond patient care.

MIDWIFE OF THE YEAR

Kathy Crossley, a community midwife, was nominated for her kind and caring nature and going the extra mile to make mums-to-be feel comfortable and looked after.

Jenny Clarke, a midwife at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, impressed the judges with the way she gave ‘fantastic care’ to her patients.

CARER OF THE YEAR

Michelle Riches was shortlisted after the judges read about her willingness to go the extra mile and her dedication to her clients.

Gareth Pugh, who works for the Ormerod Trust, in St Annes, was nominated for the way he has supported one of his clients for the past seven years, helping with everyday tasks such as getting up in the morning and going to bed, looking after all his needs.

Michelle Erwin, who works for the Ormerod Trust and looks after four young men in a house in St Annes, was shortlisted after the judges read how she often used her own time to ensure everything ran smoothly for her clients.

NURSE OF THE YEAR

Dawn Horth, a nurse on ward 7 at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, was nominated for the way she ‘stood out from the rest’.

Vicky Knowles, a nurse at the CCU Coronary Care Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, was nominated by a patient for going the extra mile and above and beyond the call of duty.

OPTICIAN OF THE YEAR

Dr Sheila Kelleher, associate specialist in the ophthalmic department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, was nominated for her ‘charming presence’ and her passion for her work.