Beverley has a lifelong appreciation for doctors

HAPPY Beverley and Leslie Underwood, centre, with staff from The Curlew Practice, from left, Sally Conway, Dr Clare Morrison, Dr Jane Ryan, Jackie Lucktaylor, Dr Patrick Ryan, Maria Hodgekiss, Lisa Fuge, Pat Andrews and Caroline Haill.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121575-1862)
HAPPY Beverley and Leslie Underwood, centre, with staff from The Curlew Practice, from left, Sally Conway, Dr Clare Morrison, Dr Jane Ryan, Jackie Lucktaylor, Dr Patrick Ryan, Maria Hodgekiss, Lisa Fuge, Pat Andrews and Caroline Haill. Picture: Sarah Standing (121575-1862)

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SHE’S allergic to nuts, milk and even celery, which means Beverley Underwood has had many trips to her doctor’s surgery.

And each time Beverley, of Hursley Road, Leigh Park, has visited Curlew Practice, she has been impressed by the friendly and professional service.

That’s why she has put staff forward for GP Practice of the Year for The News’ Best of Health Awards 2012.

The 53-year-old said: ‘The practice was started in West Leigh 53 years ago.

‘My mum said the GP who started the practice was the same doctor that delivered me. I have literally been with the practice since I was born.

‘I have many allergies, including milk, nuts and celery, which means I’ve been referred to different places.

‘But each time they have gone through everything.

‘And because it’s a smaller practice you don’t have to go through your history over and over again.’

The practice in Civic Centre Road has three doctors.

‘They’re just such a family-friendly place and recognise family members,’ added the nursery nurse.

‘I have my full trust in them because they are so friendly and professional. If there’s something very serious then they sort it out straight away.’

Dr Patrick Ryan has worked at the practice for six years.

He said: ‘It’s a case of blushing violets being nominated.

‘It is a great privilege and honour to be nominated.

‘We often feel patients appreciate us, but it’s nice they have gone the extra mile by putting us forward for this.’

This year’s awards night takes place on Friday, September 21 at Portsmouth Guildhall and will be hosted by TV presenter Fred Dinenage.

To make sure your health hero is in with a chance, you have to nominate them.

There are 12 categories that cover all sectors of the health service, from care in hospitals and surgeries to care in the community.

To nominate all you have to do is fill in the nominate form and return it back to us by June 25.

Once all the nominations are in, a judging panel will draw up a shortlist of candidates, which will be announced in The News.

This year’s awards are backed by radio station Wave 105.

Any business or organisation which would like to sponsor a category should contact Liz Parker by emailing liz.parker@thenews.co.uk or call (023) 9262 2202.