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Nominate your own Southend Hospital Heroes

17 July 2017

Health Care

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

To many they are as much 'super' heroes as Wonder Woman and Spider-Man, just without the costumes.

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

Who will you be nominating for the award this year? You can make you nomination on here and the closing date for nominations is 5pm on Friday 4 August 2017.

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

Yvonne Blücher, Managing Director of Southend Hospital, said: "This is the patients', carers', relatives' and visitors' chance to say thank you by nominating a member of staff who has gone that extra mile to deliver the best possible service.

"It's 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.

Chris Hatton, Editor of the Echo, said: "As a community paper we are proud to be part of these awards to find our local heroes. Every year it's really humbling to see so many people passionate about caring for others and making a real positive difference to so many patients' lives and their families.

"I can't wait to see some of the inspiring and moving stories that we are sure to discover again this year."

Last year's Patients' Choice winner was Claire Buckell, Clinical Development Nurse, who had 58% of the final 7,000 votes.

On collecting her aware at last year's ceremony she said: "This award is made all the more special as it's 20 years to the day since I got my nursing PIN and qualified. I see it not just about celebrating the work I'm doing now but the work I have done in the past. It's a very special award and I'll treasure it and the fact that it was nominated by the public."

Image: l-r - Alan Tobias OBE - Hospital Chairman, last year's winner - Claire Buckell and Echo Editor, Chris Hatton.