Health stars from across Doncaster and Bassetlaw have been honoured in a sparkling awards ceremony.
Earlier this year the Free Press teamed up with health chiefs to open nominations for the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS staff stars awards.
Over the last few weeks our readers have been busy nominating unsung health heroes and voting for their Star of the Year.
And now the professionals who go above and beyond to make Doncaster’s health service great have been recognised for their hard work in a ceremony hosted by BBC Look North’s Clare Frisby.
Clare said she was delighted to host once again, and called the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Staff Awards her ‘favourite awards of the year’.
She added: “It is about honouring the unsung heroes and heroines of our local hospitals trust, from doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to admin, back-office and support staff.”
Around 300 of the trust’s best and brightest healthcare professionals got dressed up to the nines to attend the glitzy ceremony at Doncaster Racecourse.
The evening started with an introduction from chief executive at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, Mike Pinkerton, who said the awards were a public recognition of the work many of the hard working professionals at Doncaster and Bassetlaw hospitals.
He added: “It’s about valuing the great work staff in the trust do each and every day.
“I have many reasons to be proud to work for Team DBH and seeing the hard work, dedication and commitment from our staff to our patients on a daily basis.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your care and service, seen or unseen, noticed or unnoticed that makes a difference for our patients.
A total of 12 awards were given out on the night with accolades ranging from Team of the Year to the Outstanding Quality Care Award to the big award of Star of the Year Award, as voted for by you, our readers.
While only one person or team could take the award, at least two people were shortlisted for an award in most of the categories.
Group editor of South Yorkshire newspapers, Chris Burton, said the awards had been a great success.
He added: “I am delighted that we haves been able to work with Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Hospitals Trust to stage the awards.
“Every day our newspapers and websites feature health stories and news information.
“I am aware there are many untold stories in NHS Doncaster and Bassetlaw hospitals.
“Stories of everyday heroism, devotion to duty and of staff going the extra mile.
“These stories are often thought to be unremarkable within and organisation.
“Staff are simply ‘doing their job’, but to us, they are stories worth celebrating.”
Doncaster and Bassetlaw hospitals trust chairman Chris Scholey, said he was proud of the achievements of staff.
He said: “We recognise that our staff are our greatest asset and these annual awards celebrate the outstanding contribution they make in delivering high quality care for our patients. It is truly inspirational, to hear the fantastic stories, of how our staff and volunteers have gone the extra mile to show that they care about our patients, their colleagues and the hospitals they work in.”
People attending the awards shared their pictures and experiences of the night on social media using the #donnyhealthstars hashtag. Check page 17 to see some selected tweets.