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.
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.
‘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.
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
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