GETTING a congratulatory kiss from his daughter, Trevor Seaton was an inspirational winner.
Last night Mr Seaton won the Ambulance Worker of the Year category at the Best of Health Awards 2013.
The 52-year-old was put forward by his daughter Deanna, as she said in her nomination: ‘My dad saves lives and puts smiles back onto the faces of people who are in pain or scared.’
The Portsmouth Guildhall erupted into a massive cheer as Mr Seaton’s name was called out.
Mr Seaton, who works for South Central Ambulance Service, said: ‘To win is fantastic – to know all that you have done is appreciated is great.
‘I’ve got a portfolio at home of letters that people have sent to say thank you.
‘But to have an award is fantastic.’
One example of Mr Seaton’s hard work was when he saved the life of toddler Ralfie Andrews, now three.
His mother Lisa went into labour in the early hours of the morning, and ended up giving birth outside Mr Seaton’s home, in Broadmere Avenue, Leigh Park.
Ralfie’s umbilical cord had become wrapped around his neck, and was stopping him from breathing.
Mum-of-four Lisa, of Crondale Avenue, Leigh Park, said: ‘At the time we lived the flat above Trevor.
‘My waters broke at about 1am and I was walking down the stairs to get in the car.
‘But I ended up giving birth outside the flats, as it happened quickly.
‘But when I couldn’t hear my baby cry, I started to panic and was scared.’
Lisa’s family quickly knocked on Mr Seaton’s door to see if he could help.
He said: ‘I moved Ralfie into the right position, so I could get the cord off.
‘Then I started CPR on him, and he was fine as he started breathing.
‘Once a rapid response vehicle arrived, we got some oxygen on him, and thankfully he was doing good.
‘It’s brilliant to see little Ralfie running around now, and to know I saved his life.’
Lisa said that she can never thank Mr Seaton enough for what he did that night.
She added: ‘He saved Ralfie’s life, there’s no doubt about it.
‘We said thank you to him, but it’s never enough.
‘I’m so glad he won this award, he is a lifesaver.’
And that’s just one of the heartwarming stories heard at the Portsmouth Guildhall.
The Best of Health Awards were launched to honour and celebrate all the unsung heroes in the world of health.
From doctors and nurses, to pharmacies and dentists, community health teams and mental health workers – all areas of health were recognised.
The awards, which were sponsored overall by Spofforths Chartered Accountants, were fronted by TV presenter Fred Dinenage.
He said: ‘I always love to present these awards.
‘You hear some of the most touching stories of people, who really do care.
‘Everyone nominated were all winners, and it was great to see so many people.
‘I would like to thank The News for putting on these awards.’
Best of Health Awards roll of honour
Ambulance worker of the Year
Sponsored by the University of Portsmouth
Winner – Trevor Seaton
Carer of the Year
Sponsored by Bond Security
Winner – Kinross Nursing Home
Runner-up – Admiral Care
Community Team / Worker of the Year
Winner – Pauline Taylor
Runner-up - June Lunn
Dental Practice of the Year
Sponsored by Natwest
Winner – Gowers Dental Surgery
Runner-up – Practice in the Park
GP Practice of the Year
Sponsored by Spofforths
Winner – Sunnyside Medical Practice
Runner-up – Brockhurst Medical Centre
Hospital Doctor of the Year
Sponsored by Verisona Law
Winner – Asha Senapathi
Runner-up – Tim Guilford
Hospital Nurse of the Year
Sponsored by Wave 105
Winner – Jeanette Barnes
Runner-up – Elaine Bowes
Hospital Team of the Year
Sponsored by Lalys Pharmacy
Winner – Paediatric team
Runner-up – Renal team
Mental Health Worker / Team of the Year
Sponsored by Admiral Care
Winner – Brooker Ward
Runner-up – Hewat Centre
Midwife of the Year
Winner - Joanne Warwick
Runner Up - Kim Leonard
Pharmacy of the Year
Winner – Lloyds
Runner-up – Lalys
Sponsored by Portsmouth Cultural Trust
Winner – SERV
Runner Up - Tracey Bertram, Chris Read, Lisa Stubbs, and Celeste Gilchrist, teachers at Petersgate Infant School
WE LAUNCHED the Best of Health Awards earlier this year.
We asked readers to nominate their health heroes, across 12 categories.
And this year, as ever, scores of you put pen to paper, or emailed us, to explain why you decided to nominate someone.
Once the nominations were in, it was up to the judges to make the tough choice of picking a winner and runner up.
The judging panel was made up of The News editor Mark Waldron, health reporter Priya Mistry, the director of public health Andrew Mortimore, and overall sponsors Spofforths Chartered Accountants.
Each category that had a sponsor was also judged by that firm.
All this culminated in an evening of cheers and celebrations last night when we presented certificates to the runners up, and trophies to the winners.
Speaking on the night, Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said:
‘The healthcare system is something we have all had experience of.
‘Whether that’s from routine dentist appointments, to visiting a doctor or needing the expert skills of a surgeon.
‘There are many people who say they could not speak highly enough of the care and treatment they have received.
‘As well as those nominated, I would like to thank our sponsors who have helped this special evening happen.’
Don’t miss The News and portsmouth.co.uk each day next week for more stories from the Best of Health Awards