‘Show your support for our health heroes’

Nominees to last year's Gazette Best of Health Awards.
Nominees to last year's Gazette Best of Health Awards.
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Blackpool Victoria Hospital is today backing our Best of Health Awards, which celebrates the best in health care across the Fylde Coast.

We launched our awards last week, boasting 10 categories for health heroes in public, private and volunteer sectors.

The awards, now in their fourth year, will culminate in a glittering ceremony, to be held at the Blackpool Imperial Hotel in July.

Today, Gary Doherty, chief executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust, urged people to show their support for health professionals and nominate them.

Mr Doherty, who oversees the work of the Trust including all of its 6,500 staff, said: “All our staff strive to offer the highest possible care to patients.

“We are proud of all of them and they all deserve an award just for doing the demanding job they do.

“They all know that good quality care is far more than just the clinical care we provide – it goes as far as a smile, an understanding ear or taking the time to explain things to patients and their families.

“Doctors, nurses and all our staff take their role very seriously and do not expect thanks, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve it.

“The work they do can make a lasting impression on the lives of patients and their loved ones. We get literally thousands of cards and letters from grateful patients who take the time to write to the Trust expressing their gratitude.

“It is one of my favourite parts of my job to respond to as many of them as I can. It fills me with pride to see how our care goes far beyond the patients’ visit to hospital.

“The long-term effects of good quality care can last a lifetime and this is something we try to promote to our staff.

“Knowing they are appreciated makes our staff motivated and enthusiastic about their roles.

“A simple act of saying thank you can make a very difficult stressful day turn into a pleasure.

“The Gazette’s Best of Health Awards are a great way for the public to highlight those members of staff that have touched their lives. I would urge people to nominate doctors, nurses, porters, healthcare assistants, volunteers or anyone they have come into contact with that has made their experience of care exceptional.”

Last year’s winners included Claire Chetter, a children’s nurse at The Vic, and midwife Pauline Canning, who is also based at the hospital.