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Hospital Heroes 2018 - Patients' Choice award

Nominations for the 2018 Patients' Choice awards are now open!

Dedicated staff at Southend University Hospital have been proving themselves to be everyday heroes to patients and their families, day in and day out.

Joining forces with The Echo, for the sixth consecutive year, the Trust is on a quest to discover its own Hospital Heroes as nominated by you, the public.

Nominated individuals or teams can demonstrate any of the following criteria:

  • they take the time to care for others
  • they are good communicators, caring with compassion and empathy, treating others with dignity and respect
  • they respect patients' time, giving others choice and independence
  • they involve patients in their treatment decisions and choices
  • they are sensitive to the needs of others 


Last year's winner was Consultant Urological Surgeon, Panagiotis Dimopoulos, who received almost 60% of last year's record breaking 16,000 votes. He collected his award to thunderous applause, but like all the winners on the evening was humble about the accolade

On winning the award, he said: "It was a surprise, I feel really honoured. The true heroes are those struggling in their everyday lives for their health, I'm just one of the many people at Southend Hospital who helps improve their lives. It was quite unexpected to hear that I got over 8,000 votes, so I just want to thank everyone who voted for me."

Who will you be nominating for the award this year?

You can download an application form (Word document) below and either complete electronically and email back to us or print and post to us via:

Email:   hospital.heroes@southend.nhs.uk

Post:   Hospital Heroes Awards, c/o The Lodge, Southend University Hospital NHSFoundation Trust, Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 0RY

Closing date for us to receive nominations is on Friday 30 July 2018, and voting for the shortlisted three will begin on 6 August.