And all the nominations for this year’s Best of Health Awards 2015 are in!
This is the sixth year that The News has run these awards that celebrate our heroes in all areas of the health spectrum.
From GPs to hospital doctors, pharmacists to dentists, mental health and community health workers and care homes – we have a category to honour all those who help us stay fit and well.
This year we have a new category – the Allied Health Professionals Worker/Team of the Year.
And in another first for the awards, our overall sponsors the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group will be handing out a special care and compassion award to one winner on the night.
Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said: ‘Now we have been doing these awards for six years and they have become firmly established, I’m amazed to see how many refreshing stories we still get.
‘Our nominations are always a compelling read and it’s great to hear heart-warming and inspirational stories about the fantastic help and support given to our readers.’
Now the nominations are in it’s time for judging to commence.
Dr Janet Maxwell, director of public health for Portsmouth, is one of the judges.
She said: ‘It’s excellent that The News is running this award programme again this year.
‘There is so much great work going on which we need to celebrate.
‘Last year’s entries were truly inspiring and I have no doubt that this year’s will be just as compelling.
‘I am looking forward to hearing stories of dentists, pharmacists, carers, mental health workers, community teams, nurses and doctors who have made a difference to our communities.
‘I’m looking forward to judging the submissions and celebrating the successes of all the organisations who deliver excellent healthcare services in the Portsmouth area.’
The winners and runner-ups will be revealed at our awards ceremony, which is being held at the Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday, October 9. Tickets for the black-tie event will be on sale from Monday, August 10, and cost £39, which includes a drinks reception, two-course meal, and the prize-giving. To find out more call Liz Parker on (023) 9262 2206 or e-mail email@example.com
Hospital Nurse of the Year
Mark Green, heart failure nurse
Colin Beever, matron
Emily Lowes, student midwife
Jayne Fairbrother, nurse at St Mary’s Treatment Centre
Joana Castanheira, neonatal intensive care unit nurse
Kelly Tanner and Neil Thorpe - helping with CPR
Heather Caruth and Linda Smith - Help in Bereavement
Eric Compton - Breathe Easy
Robert Cave - Pals
Trudie Hatchard - admin assistant for the community ED team
Lynne Osborne - Clarity Care
Dental Practice of the Year
Hilsea Dental Care
Health House Dental Practice, Cosham
Pharmacy of the Year
RJ Berrys, Portsmouth
Sainsburys pharmacy, Broadcut
Brockhurst Pharmacy, Gosport
Chaudhry Pharmacy, Havant
Venthams Chemist, Portsmouth
Parade Pharmacy, Havant
Hospital Team of the Year
Cardiac rehabilitation team
Wendy Fletcher and the team for IBS treatment
Colin Beever and team for pain treatment
Amurlee team at St Mary’s Community Health Campus
Neonatal intensive care unit
Orthopaedic occupational therapist team
Ward E8 at QA
Jackie Little and Vivienne Halliday, Spire Portsmouth Hospital
GP Practice of the Year
Waverley Road Surgery
Portsdown Group Practice
Lake Road Practice
Fareham Health Centre
Osborne Road Surgery
Derby Road Group Practice
Milton Park Practice
Westlands Medical Centre
Crookhorn Lane Surgery
Denmead Health Centre
Gudge Heath Lane Surgery
Brockhurst Medical Centre
Eastney Healthcare Centre
Gosport Medical Centre
Dr Andrew Ozzard, Cosham Park House
Dr Richard Millard, Denmead Health Centre
Care/Nursing Home of the Year
Easterlea Rest Home, Waterlooville
Cross Way House Care Home, Havant
Admiral Care, Portsmouth
Thalassa Care Home, Gosport
Spinnaker Lodge, Portsmouth
Professional Worker/Team of the Year
Paramedics Karl Touhey MBE, Lewis Meale and Mat Purssey
Jeehan Lynch, shoulder specialist physiotherapy
Tania Jepp, physiotherapist
Pip Kerr, physiotherapy clinical expert in surgery and orthopaedics
Lou Baker and Maria Rowse, physiotherapists at the Turner Centre
Claire Jeffries, physiotherapy manager and clinical specialist in hydrotherapy and rheumatology
Inpatient physiotherapy service
Paramedic Chris Elvidge
Chrissie Carden-Noad, specialist occupational therapist
Julie Farah, occupational therapist for the brain injury outreach team
Community Worker/Team of the Year
Annabella Pearce and Simon Ghafur, MS support
ERS at Home
South-east Hampshire community diabetes team
Heart failure team
Sexual health promotion team’s rapid HIV testing
Mental Health Worker/Team of the Year
Dr Kevin Ostler, consultant psychiatrist
Community development team for adult mental health services
Amanda Hawkins, mental health activities co-ordinator
Hospital Doctor of the Year
Dr Amanda Quine, consultant gastroenterologist
Dr Annie Cooper, rheumatology
Dr Jos Wace, consultant anaesthetist
Dr Jim Khan, specialist colorectal surgeon
Dr Caroline Archer, oncology consultant