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08 July 2019

Health Care

Do you know someone at Southend University Hospital who deserves to be nominated for an award for making a real difference to you or a loved one?

The nominations window is open for the seventh annual Southend's annual Hospital Heroes Patients' Choice award, and the hospital have once again joined forces with the Southend Echo and Southend Standard to help find three shortlisted nominees deserving of the coveted Patients' Choice award.

Download the nomination form  here

Gary Pearson, editor at Newsquest Essex, said: "It's great to once again be a part of celebrating some of the amazing people that work at Southend University Hospital, the awards celebrate not just those on the front line but those who work behind the scenes as well. All play a vital part in improving patient care and this evening showcases just how fantastic our NHS can be."

The Patients' Choice award exclusively nominated for by the public, it's 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 and really embodies our ethos of care with compassion.

Your nomination will help celebrate the fantastic work of a staff member or team at Southend Hospital who you feel go above and beyond their duty.

Only three go through to the public voting stage so the nomination forms really count. The closing date for nominations is Monday 5 August 2019.

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Last year's Patients' Choice award was nominated and voted for by Echo readers and the general public in their thousands. The award was presented by editor at Newsquest Essex, Gary Pearson, to Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Thomas Keeble. 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: "I am absolutely delighted and ecstatic for the support I've had from my colleagues and my patients across Southend and beyond. Thank you, it's a real honour and I'm really, really pleased."

And this year's winner? Well, that's up to you. You can make a nomination by downloading a nomination form.

Once completed, please email it to   hospital.heroes@southend.nhs.uk

Alternatively you can return it by post to: Hospital Heroes Awards, c/o The Lodge, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 0RY

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Image:  l-r Gary Pearson, Dr Thomas Keeble, Yvonne Bl├╝cher - Managing Director of Soutehnd University Hospital and Alan Tobias OBE - Southend University Hospital Chairman