Today we are calling on readers to nominate a health hero, who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for a top award.
Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust is calling on readers of the Mercury and our sister paper the Peterborough Telegraph to nominate individuals or teams of trust staff, who you think deserve extra appreciation.
Three teams and/or individuals from both Stamford Hospital and Peterborough City Hospital will be shortlisted from the public recognition nominations and the winners will be announced at the trust’s awards ceremony in October.
The awards seek to recognise the excellent work being done by staff across the board and last year, there were eight winners and more than 140 staff attended the glittering awards ceremony held at the Orton Hall Hotel in Peterborough.
Staff who had worked for the trust for 25 years were also recognised for their dedication.
This year the trust is also looking for nominations for its new Midwife of the Year award, which has been introduced to specifically commend midwives who regularly go the extra mile for new mothers and their babies.
Trust chairman Rob Hughes said: “As a trust we know how hard our staff work and how dedicated they are to providing excellent patient care.
“Now is your chance to ensure those hospital workers who you think have excelled in their dedication, providing outstanding care, or made a real difference to the lives of their patients, are recognised for their efforts.
“If you have someone in mind then please get in touch to nominate.”
Editor of the Mercury and the Peterborough Telegraph Mark Edwards said: “It is important these professionals from Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust are recognised for the invaluable work they carry out on a daily basis, especially those who go that extra mile to help patients when they need the most.
“These awards are a chance for readers to let them know just how much appreciate everything they do.
“We always seek to hold the trust to account but this is our chance to shine the spotlight on the good stories that happen every day in the trust but often go unnoticed.”
Last year, Dr Kanchan Rege, consultant haematologist and the haemotology team, was picked as the winner for Stamford Hospital.
Dozens of Mercury readers nominated Dr Rege and the sheer number of patients, who singled her and her team out for their fantastic world-class care impressed the judges.
A patient from Stamford jointly nominated Dr Rege and the Haematology/Oncology ward, stating: “They are all kind, efficient and professional.
“Nothing is too much trouble and they are as caring with patients’ relatives as they are with the patients themselves.”
Dr Rege said after she received the awards “The whole team on the haematology/oncology unit strives to give excellent care to our patients and it is very rewarding to feel that this is appreciated.”
The renal team at Peterborough City Hospital also received a public recognition awards and Mercury readers were among those to put the team forward.
One patient who nominated the team said: “I have really benefitted from the expertise of these three consultants and their wonderful team.
“Their knowledge, dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism makes mine, and many others’ lives so much easier to bear.
“I owe them a lot and this is my thank you to them.”
The deadline to nominate an individual or team from Stamford Hospital; an individual or team from Peterborough City Hospital or a midwife, is Monday, September 1.
To nominate a health hero, please send details of why you’d like to nominate the staff member, along with their full name and department if known, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also call 01733 678025 to nominate.
The categories you can nominate in are:
○ Individual or team of the year from Stamford Hospital
○ Individual or team of the year from Peterborough City Hospital
○ Midwife of the year
Over the coming weeks, we will be featuring some of the nominees.