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THE hard work of NHS staff was celebrated last night as The News put on a party to remember.

Up to 350 people gathered to congratulate the brilliant work done by doctors, nurses and other medical professionals at our Best of Health Awards 2011.

Nurse of the Year Janette Barnes with her award and husband Nick at The News Health Awards in Portsmouth Guildhall.  Picture:Steve Reid 113305-903

Nurse of the Year Janette Barnes with her award and husband Nick at The News Health Awards in Portsmouth Guildhall. Picture:Steve Reid 113305-903

For the second year we asked readers to nominate their health heroes.

And last night the winners and runner-ups in our 12 categories were awarded their trophies at a glitzy ceremony at Portsmouth Guildhall.

The night was opened by the Editor of The News, Mark Waldron.

He said: ‘Our NHS staff strive to provide amazing healthcare – some of which is the best in the country.

113305-838_HEALTH_AWARDS_SR_16/8/11'Ambulance Worker of the Year John Cross (centre) hears he has won and get a kiss from wife Judy at The News Health Awards in Portsmouth Guildhall.''Picture:Steve Reid 113305-838

113305-838_HEALTH_AWARDS_SR_16/8/11'Ambulance Worker of the Year John Cross (centre) hears he has won and get a kiss from wife Judy at The News Health Awards in Portsmouth Guildhall.''Picture:Steve Reid 113305-838

‘We wanted to recognise those staff and volunteers who have stood out in the care they gave, or went above and beyond.’

Among the winners was Jeanette Barnes, who won the hearts of our judges and was crowned Hospital Nurse of the Year.

She was put forward after helping Kelley Threadingham with her premature baby Erin, who was born at 26 weeks. Erin had to be kept in an incubator and was slowly nursed to health.

But despite the stress, mum Kelley said she will never forget the help that was given by neo-natal nurse Jeanette who works at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

113305-937_HEALTH_AWARDS_SR_16/8/11'Mick Lyons wins the Unsung Hero of the Year award at The News Health Awards in Portsmouth Guildhall.''Picture:Steve Reid 113305-937

113305-937_HEALTH_AWARDS_SR_16/8/11'Mick Lyons wins the Unsung Hero of the Year award at The News Health Awards in Portsmouth Guildhall.''Picture:Steve Reid 113305-937

On receiving her award, a tearful Jeanette, said: ‘I’m chuffed to bits at winning.

‘I do what I do because if I was ever in the position that my mums are in, then I would want someone to help me.

‘This award is not just for me, but for every person in my team.’

Presenting the awards were Express FM DJs Adrian Knight and Darren Gamblen.

Darren said: ‘It’s important that our health workers get the recognition for the work they do in the community.

‘This is why these awards are good.’

And the winners are...

Hospital Doctor of the Year

Winner: Dr Amjad Parvaiz

Runner up: Professor Peter Brennan

Hospital Team of the Year

Winner: The Specialist Alcohol Nurse Service

Runner up: Colorectal team, lead by Amjad Parvaiz

Ambulance Worker of the Year

Winner: John Cross

Runner up: Ian Hutfield

Midwife of the Year

Winner: Michelle Flower

Runner up: Sharon Ward

Carer of the Year

Winner: Donna Wyatt

Runner up: Sijin Jacob

Community Nurse/Team of the Year

Winner: Alyson Dennis

Runner up: Caryl Gladstone

Unsung Hero

Winner: Mick Lyons

Runner up: Rachel Trencher

Mental Health Worker/Team of the Year

Winner: Staff from the You Trust who work in Foster Road

Runner up: Daedalus ward based in Gosport War Memorial Hospital

GP Practice of the Year

Winner: Fareham Health Practice (Dr Webster’s team)

Runner up: Sunnyside Medical Centre

Pharmacy of the Year

Winner: Genplus Pharmacy

Runner up: Tuckers Pharmacy

Hospital Nurse of the Year

Winner: Jeanette Barnes

Runner up: Jane Jones

Dental Practice of the Year

Winners: Somers Town Community Dental Clinic

Runner up: Dental Academy, University of Portsmouth

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