GP surgery nets top award

VICTORIOUS The Wickham Surgery win the GP Practice of the Year award, sponsored by Spofforths Chartered Accountants. Picture: Malcolm Wells (123090-9960)
VICTORIOUS The Wickham Surgery win the GP Practice of the Year award, sponsored by Spofforths Chartered Accountants. Picture: Malcolm Wells (123090-9960)

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THERE were loud cheers, shouts and jubilation when this doctors surgery was announced as a winner at this year’s Best of Health Awards.

Saying ‘thank you’ wasn’t enough for patient Richard Greene, who showed his gratitude to a doctor at the Wickham Surgery, in Wickham, by nominating him and his practice for the accolade.

He believes his life has been extended by almost 20 years thanks to the help of Dr Steven Smallwood.

Mr Greene put the surgery forward for this year’s awards and the team took the top prize in the GP Practice of the Year category.

As the win was announced in front of a packed Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday night, massive cheers erupted from the team.

Dr Jonathan Morris said: ‘We were so delighted to accept this award on behalf of the whole practice.All the practices shortlisted, and in fact all practices in Hampshire, also deserve this award. We have one good story – well there are stories like this to be heard at many other surgeries. But we are very grateful and pleased to be recognised for the GP services we provide in the area.’

As previously reported in The News, Mr Greene, 79, of Wickham Road, Fareham, put Dr Stephen Smallwood and his team up for the award after he was diagnosed with bowel cancer in March 2011. He was told that because he had a low heart rate, he would not be able to go under anaesthetic.

However Dr Smallwood gave his patient heart tablets to raise his heart rate which meant Mr Greene could his operation.

Because of this Mr Greene believes 20 years has been added to his life thanks to Dr Smallwood and his team.

Dr Smallwood was unable to attend the evening as he was on holiday. As well as Mr Greene’s, there were several other nominations for the practice.

Runner-up in this category was the Curlew Practice, which was shortlisted because many of the judges were touched by tales of staff being kind, professional and efficient.