DO you know a healthcare hero?
Readers of The Star are once again being asked to nominate NHS workers in Sheffield who go beyond the call of duty.
It could be a specialist doctor or consultant, a nurse, a midwife, or one of the many volunteers who give up their time to look after others.
Around 15,000 people work for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals which runs the city’s five adult hospitals and provides community health services.
They work tirelessly to make sure city residents are kept healthy and comfortable, whether by performing emergency operations or handing out cups of tea on the wards.
Once a year the hospitals trust holds a glamourous ‘Thank You Awards’ ceremony, to recognise staff who achieve amazing feats every day.
And, for the second year, the trust has asked readers of The Star to nominate deserving individuals or teams for the Healthcare Hero category.
Last year, staff on the P3 haematology ward at the Royal Hallamshire won the Healthcare Hero award for delivering outstanding care for patients - often young people with cancer and other blood disorders.
Annette Hichcliffe, aged 48, from Wybourn, nominated the team for the care given to her son Andrew Dagnall when he was admitted to the ward after being diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia in November 2010.
Andrew, 27, was given just 48 hours to live - but, miraculously, he pulled through, thanks to the heroic work of the care team.
Annette, a school cleaner and mum of four sons, said: “Andrew was given two days to live. He was dying. But the doctors and nurses saved his life.
“He came out alive and it’s just because of that team that he is still here.
“The weather was terrible and nobody could get to the hospital because of the snow. But the staff didn’t go home because the other doctors couldn’t get in. They just stayed there and got on with it.”
Consultant haematologist Dr Chris Dalley, who collected the award on behalf of the team, said: “It means so much that we were nominated by a patient’s family as they are always at the heart of what we do.”
Potential winners of this year’s award could be any member of staff or team working in the Northern General, Royal Hallamshire, Charles Clifford, Jessop Wing or Weston Park hospitals, or those providing community health services such as district nursing.
After nominations have been collected, a selection of candidates will be published in The Star and readers will be asked to vote for a winner.
The ceremony will take place in October, at a venue to be confirmed.
n To nominate a deserving winner, log on to www.sth.nhs.uk/thankyou2012 or call The Star’s Health Reporter Ben Spencer on 0114 276 7676 ext 3103.