Popular Portsmouth doctor given the nod by grateful patient

(l-r) Patient Atik Miah, Dr Richard Hughes and patient Sue Louth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (141377-401)
(l-r) Patient Atik Miah, Dr Richard Hughes and patient Sue Louth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (141377-401)

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SCORES of patients turned out to wish this doctor all the best in his retirement.

And now one person has gone a little bit further to show her gratitude to Dr Richard Hughes.

Peggy Wood, of Orchard Road, in Southsea, has nominated Dr Hughes in this year’s Best of Health Awards 2014.

She has put him and the practice he worked for – Hanway Medical Practice, in Hanway Road, Buckland – in for the GP Practice of the Year category.

She said: ‘There are a million reasons I could give but the main one in is there has never been a GP in Portsmouth who has touched so many lives.’

As reported, there was a queue going around the corner as patients lined up to say a fond farewell to a caring GP.

Dr Hughes said: ‘I’m very touched and it’s so kind of Ms Woods to nominate me for this award.

‘I will accept with grace if I go any further, but thank you for the nomination.’

There are 12 categories that people can nominate their health hero in.

The deadline to nominate a team or an individual has been extended to Friday, August 8, so there’s still time to praise you doctor, nurse, dentist, GP, community team, mental health team, midwife, ambulance worker, or pharmacist.

Once entries are in, a panel of judges will look through the entries and pick a winner and runner up in each category.

A shortlist will be printed in the paper and tickets for the awards event will go on sale shortly.

The night will be held at the Portsmouth Guildhall on October 17.

Nominations can be posted by filling in the form to the right, or via healthawards@thenews.co.uk

Please include your full name, address, person you are nominating, and as much detail as possible as to why you have put them forward.