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NOMINATED  Staff from the stroke unit at QA.
NOMINATED Staff from the stroke unit at QA.

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We asked you to put forward the healthcare professionals and volunteers that provide exceptional service - and for the third year running we’ve had an overwhelming response from our readers for the Best of Health Awards 2012.

Today we announce the nominations list of all those talented doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists, who go above and beyond the call of duty to help patients and their families.

There’s also the dedicated teams of community nurses and teams and carers who all play a pivotal role in our healthcare.

This year’s awards were launched at the end of April, giving people the chance to recognise our hardworking NHS staff and volunteers.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, says: ‘Staying healthy and looking after yourself is hugely important.

‘Sometimes we fall ill or need medical help. It’s then an army of health care professionals and volunteers step forward and provide a huge duty of care.

‘Whether we see them for a day, or have long-term care, the impact made can be life changing.

‘And it’s these very people we say thank you to with these health awards.

‘Looking at the volume of entries, I can see that our readers have been touched by the hard work of our doctors, nurses, carers and midwives, to name a few.

‘Thank you to all the readers that nominated health workers and the support they have shown to these awards.’

A shortlist will be compiled soon with those being invited to a ceremony at the Guildhall in Portsmouth on Friday, September 21.

And we’re hoping as many of you as possible will join us to celebrate the achievements of those who make the health service what it is.

Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of public health in Portsmouth, says: ‘I think The News Best of Health Awards are a great way to recognise some of the excellent work carried out by staff across the health sector everyday.

‘The NHS is undergoing a period of tremendous change, so recognition for a job well done – particularly when it comes from patients or their families – gives everyone a welcome boost.

‘I congratulate all nominees for getting this far.’


Hospital Team of the Year

Haemodialysis Team at QA

Oncology Outpatients, QA

Radiology Day Case Unit, QA

The Specialist Alcohol Nurse Service, QA

Stroke unit at QA

Maternity Post-Natal Ward, QA

Health Records Department, QA

Amulree Day Hospital, St Mary’s Community Health Campus, Portsmouth

Dr Kenneth Ma & Dr Jane Miller and team, maternity unit, QA

Ward D4, QA

Main Outpatients Ward, QA

Respiratory unit, QA

Sultan Ward, Gosport War Memorial Hospital

Critical care unit, QA

Nicu unit, QA

A&E department, QA

Oral and Maxillofacial Unit, QA

The Eye Department, QA

Orthopaedic Unit, QA

Ward D5, QA

Renal Unit, QA

Midwife of the Year

Sharon Ward

Jackie Davis

Hayley Chambers

Sandie Cornish

Kate Finch

Merida Scunthorpe

GP Practice of the Year

Curlew Practice, Havant Health Centre, Civic Centre Road, Havant

Devonshire Practice, Devonshire Avenue, Southsea

Salisbury Road Surgery, Salisbury Road, Southsea

Stakes Lodge Surgery, Lavender Road, Waterlooville

Wickham Surgery, Station Road, Wickham

Homewell Practice, Havant Health care

Sunnyside Medical Centre, Pompey Centre, Fratton Way, Portsmouth

North Harbour Medical Group, Cosham Health Centre

Bosmere Medical Practice, Solent Road, Havant

Northern Road Surgery, Portsmouth

Stoke Road Medical Centre, Stoke Road, Gosport

Heyward Road Surgery, Heyward Road, Southsea

Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre

Dr Sheeham, University Surgery, The Nuffield Centre, St Michael’s Road

Dr M Caiger, Victoria Road, Southsea

Brockhurst Medical Centre, Brockhurst Road, Gosport

Southbourne Surgery, Southbourne Road, Emsworth

Campbell Surgery, Campbell Road, Southsea

Lavant Road Surgery, Lavant Road, Chichester

Drayton Surgery, Havant Road, Drayton

Denmead Health Centre, Hambledon Road, Denmead

Hanway Road Surgery, Hanway Road, Portsmouth

Dental Practice of the Year

University of Portsmouth Dental Academy

Gowers Dental Surgery, Clarendon Road, Southsea

Gosport War Memorial / Health Centre Dental department

West Street Dental Clinic

Fareham Road Dental Surgery

Pharmacy of the Year

Rowlands Pharmacy, Lavender Road,


Sainsbury’s Pharmacy, Wallington Way, Fareham

Copnor Pharmacy, London Road, Copnor

Tuckers Pharmacy, London Road, Cowplain

Lloyds Pharmacy, Broadlaw Walk, Fareham

City Pharmacy, London Road, North End

Laly’s Pharmacy, Fawcett Road, Southsea

Hospital Doctor of the Year

Dr Ann O’Callaghan, QA

Mr Shaw Somers, bariatrics specialist, QA

Dr Lorraine Albon, consultant physician at QA

Professor Anoop Chauhan, respiratory 
consultant at QA

Dr Partha Kar, diabetic consultant at QA

Adam Booth, Opthalmology, QA and Spire hospital

Dr Richard Aspinall, liver specialist at QA hospital

Dr Asha Senapati, gastroenterology consultant, QA hospital

Professor Peter Brennan

Dr Tim Kane

Dr Jim Khan

Simon Toh, upper GI surgeon

Mental Health Team/Worker of the Year

Tina Brown, support worker for mental health at Foster Road

Dawn Thisby, Portsmouth Outreach Team, St James’ Hospital, Milton

Karen Guy, Parkway Centre, Leigh Road, Havant

Rachael Largen

The Oakdene Unit team, St James’ Hospital, Milton

Annie Carris

Dean Whybrow

Sharon Parker

Community Team of the Year

Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team, QA hospital

Sandy Spong, Fareham Health Centre

Jane Flamson

Lyn Timms

Russell Churcher Court, Gosport

Diane Martin, manager of Echoes Community Care, Havant

Unsung Hero

Amanda McKenzie

Gemma Bowsher

Richard Ellison

Don Veal

Carer of the Year

Donna Wyatt, of Admiral Care

Paul Lipscombe, carer for Admiral Care

Sarah Judd

Dan Sutton-Johanson

Lucy Yates

Michelle Wickham

Ambulance Worker of the Year

Alan Varley

Jackie Pascow

Kevin Charman

Hospital Nurse of the Year

Karen Neller

Sue Atkins

Jean Munday

Lucy Chester

Joanne Gauntlett

Jo Sayers

Wendy White

Barbara George


Tickets to the event are £39 and include a three-course meal, entertainment and the presentations of the prestigious awards.

To buy tickets for the Best of Health Awards 2012, in Portsmouth Guildhall, on Friday, September 21, contact Liz Parker on (023) 9262 2202 or email events@thenews.co.uk <mailto:events@thenews.co.uk> .