Who’s your hospital hero? Patients’ Choice nominations 2015 are now open
10 July 2015
Deadline for nominations extended - Monday 10 August, 9am
The Echo has once again joined forces with Southend University
Hospital to find its Hospital Heroes Patients' Choice nominees.
It's the second year the hospital has opened one of the awards
to the public to nominate a worthy recipient
in the category of 'Patients' Choice'.
So, whether you have been a patient, relative or are related to
a potential Hospital Hero, we want your nominations for people
working at Southend Hospital who've made a real difference to you
and your loved ones and get them some recognition.
Last year's first ever winner was Vanessa Byford, a health care
assistant from Benfleet ward, a stroke ward at the hospital. She
was described by her nominators as 'always smiling and is
passionate about adding the personal touch to her work, doing her
best to ease their worries and concerns.'
Sue Hardy, chief executive of the hospital, said: "This is a
very special category as all nominations come in from the public,
so we know that whoever is nominated is a shining beacon for the
hospital and their profession. We cover so many roles here at the
hospital so whether it is a nurse, a receptionist or a doctor, or
someone from another area they can stand proud.
"Southend Hospital staff will tell you that they are just doing
their job - which we know they are - but we also believe that they
deserve recognition and in partnership with the Echo we are asking
members of the public to nominate their Patients' Choice."
Chis Hatton, editor of the Echo, added: "As a community paper we
are proud to be part of these awards to find our local heroes. I
was fortunate to attend last year's event and I really was humbled
to see so many people so passionate about caring for others and
making a real positive difference to so many patients' lives and
The deadline for nominations has now been extended until 9am on
Moday 10 August. Nomination forms can be found on the Echo and
Southend Hospital websites, as well as on the Southend Hospital
Those initially nominated will then be shortlisted by a panel of
judges made up of Chris Hatton, editor of the Echo, Sue Hardy,
chief executive of the hospital, Alan Tobias OBE, chairman of the
hospital and Claire Hankey, head of communications for the
The three shortlisted members of staff will then appear in the
Echo, both in the paper and online, and the hospital website and
Facebook page, where members of the public will be able to vote for
their Hospital Hero Patients' Choice award 2015.
Make your nomination here: http://bit.ly/patientschoice2015