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Put your Stamford Hospital hero forward for an award

The line up of winners at last year's awards
The line up of winners at last year's awards

The Mercury has joined forces with the North West Anglia NHS Trust to find your Stamford Hospital hero.

In the year when the NHS celebrated its 70th anniversary, the trust is looking to honour patients own local hospital heroes at its annual Outstanding Achievement Awards taking place in October.

The Rutland and Stamford Mercury is seeking nominations for the Hospital Heroes Public Recognition Award for a member of staff at Stamford Hospital.

Readers are urged to nominate a member of hospital staff, or a volunteer, who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make your hospital visit memorable for all the right reasons.

The Mercury and the trust want to hear why you think they deserve extra recognition.

Rob Hughes, chairman of the hospital trust, said: “We are very excited for this year’s awards as it not only celebrates the well-deserved recognition our staff receive from patients and visitors, but also acknowledges the hard work and dedication they have put in this year.

“The Hospital Hero section of our annual awards is especially important as it provides staff with that special knowledge that they have made a real difference to someone’s life, or to have made a difficult experience that little bit easier.

“We are always amazed at the number of entries we receive for this category and the fact that people have taken the time to write a nomination.”

Mercury editor Kerry Coupe added: “We’re only too pleased to be able to once again support the trust’s search to find a worthy hero from Stamford Hospital.

“It might only be a small hospital but it is full of dedicated and hard working staff who make a difference every day.

“So if someone there has made a difference to your life, no matter how big or small, please do put them forward for this award and give them the recognition they deserve.”

Last year’s Stamford Hospital Hero winner was consultant dermatologist Dr Vanessa Smith for the care she gave to a patient who had been struggling to see any improvement with a long-standing health condition.

The patient nominated Dr Smith for the way she put together a treatment plan that has improved life considerably after years of suffering.

The trust has also teamed up with The Peterborough Telegraph and The Hunts Post to gather nominations for Peterborough City Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

- To nominate a member of Stamford Hospital staff, send in details of the staff member you would like to nominate, including their name, department and hospital they work at. Please also ensure you include full details as to why you are nominating them.

You can send your nomination to: nwangliaft.communications@nhs.net or visit www.nwangliaft.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/feedback/hospital-heroes-public-recognition-award/ for more details.

Alternatively you can e-mail nominations to: smeditor@stamfordmercury.co.uk and they will be passed onto the trust.

The deadline for entries is Friday, August 31.

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