‘Lifesaver’ Dr Danny named the top doctor in Best of Health Awards

Dr Danny Dubois, winner of Hospital Doctor of the Year, receives his award.  Picture: Mick Young

Dr Danny Dubois, winner of Hospital Doctor of the Year, receives his award. Picture: Mick Young

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Dr Danny Dubois, oncologist at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, was a winner at this year’s Best of Health Awards.

He took top prize in the Hospital Doctor of the Year category.

Dr Dubois said: ‘I’m very pleased to have won.

‘I started in 1986 and moved to Portsmouth in 1995, where I have since worked. I love talking to the patients.’

Joan Hotchkins has been treated for breast cancer twice and nominated Dr Dubois.

She said: ‘Dr Dubois is my lifesaver.

‘He successfully treated me twice for recurrent secondary breast cancer.

‘He is clever, considerate, and kind, and because of his swift diagnosis and treatment plan I am alive today.

‘Although always under pressure he goes that extra mile for his patients with personal supervision at all times.

‘I am now back in remission again (for the fourth time), without him I might not be here today.

‘He is my saviour, thank you Danny from me and all my family.’

Dr Dubois added: ‘I’m very grateful to Joan for nominating me. She did tell me that she had put me forward, so I will let her know who I am grateful I am. Thank you for the award.’

This year’s awards were held at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

We saw scores of nominations across the 13 categories.

A panel of judges then picked out their winners and runners-up.

One of the judges was Dr Janet Maxwell, who also attended the evening.

She said: ‘These are the first awards I have attended that are run by a newspaper, and it was excellent.

‘The whole night had a great community feel and that it felt it was owned by the people.

‘There are so many teams who don’t get all the recognition they deserve.

‘They are doing extremely well in such difficult circumstances, and we should be celebrating that.

‘I look forward to next year’s showcase.’

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‘It’s recognition for our struggles’

DOCTORS are often our first port of call when we start to feel unwell.

So it was no surprise that we had 12 surgeries nominated in our GP Practice of the Year category.

This year’s winner was the Brockhurst Medical Centre, in Gosport.

Dr Janet Forster, of the practice, said: ‘It’s wonderful to have won because we’ve actually had three-and-a-half really difficult years. It’s been getting harder all over the country for GPs and we have been short of doctors.

‘We have such a loyal staff base, such a loyal patient base, and this is a wonderful recognition of all the struggles that we have been through.’

Mavis House said: ‘I have been with this surgery for 10 years. The doctors, receptionists, nurses, everybody is very caring, friendly and supportive.

‘You can’t fault them. I have always found the doctors, nurses and receptionists at Brockhurst Medical Centre most helpful, they really look after their patients.

‘They always make time to listen to you.’

Finishing a close second was the Hanway Medical Practice, in Portsmouth.

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