THE evening many health professionals, volunteers and patients have been waiting for is almost here.
Today marks seven days until we celebrate the unsung heroes with our Best of Health Awards 2012.
Next Friday, Portsmouth Guildhall will open its doors to host the awards night.
We launched the annual awards in April this year, and asked people to nominate health workers and those who volunteer in the health sector.
There were 12 categories to choose from including Hospital Doctor of the Year, Carer of the Year, Ambulance Worker of the Year, Midwife of the Year and Community Team or Community Nurse of the Year.
And, as ever, the response was amazing.
Patients and NHS staff all responded in their droves to ensure their health heroes are recognised.
A panel of judges then had the difficult task of going through all the nominations and pick out the people they felt deserved further recognition.
Those that made the shortlist have been invited to next Friday’s ceremony, which starts from 6.45pm.
TV presenter Fred Dinenage will host the event, and says he is looking forward to the evening.
Mr Dinenage said: ‘I really do feel so grateful for the work and sacrifice of our police, our firemen and perhaps most of all our health workers.
‘I am especially pleased to have been asked to host The News’ Best of Health Awards.
‘It’s my first time and I am looking forward to it.
‘Well done to The News for putting on such a very worthwhile event. I hope to see you there.’
Full coverage of the evening will appear in The News for a week starting next Saturday.