DO you know a healthcare hero? Readers of The Star are being asked to name the NHS staff in Sheffield who go beyond the call of duty to provide the best possible care for their patients - from specialist doctors and consultants to nurses, midwives and kind volunteers who give up their time to look after others.
Nominations can be made for special individuals or groups of medical staff, and the winner will be presented with their award in front of hundreds of guests at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ annual Thank You Awards ceremony in November.
Potential winners could be any outstanding member of staff working in the Northern General Hospital, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Jessop Maternity Hospital and Weston Park Hospital, or community health services such as district nurses.
Healthcare Hero is a new category in this year’s competition - but the Thank You Awards have been recognising the city’s dedicated medical workers for the past eight years.
Last year, volunteer Sylvia Bennett picked up the Gift of Time award for her volunteering work at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
She attends the Stroke Rehabilitation Ward every Friday, never missing a week despite having suffered illness herself.
The Patient Care Award went to the Northern General Hospital’s primary angioplasty team, who work around the clock to deliver fast, modern treatment for heart attack sufferers.
Meanwhile, last year’s Quality Counts Award went to the nursing and auxiliary staff on Weston Park Hospital’s ward three.
Linda Thompson, the ward manager, has worked for the trust for over 20 years, and encourages her staff to train to the highest level to ensure patients receive the finest care.
The 2011 ceremony is at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium on November 9, hosted by a surprise celebrity. The closing date for Healthcare Hero nominations is Thursday, September 8.
n To make a nomination visit www.sth.nhs.uk/awards.