A dentist who goes out of her way to help the vulnerable patients she treats has been put forward in the YEP Best of Health Awards.
Dr Claire Hawker is the latest nominee in the dentist of the year category, which aims to recognise any dental worker who deserves special praise.
Dr Hawker works for the special care dentistry service run by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, treating vulnerable patients such as those with mental health issues, learning disabilities or people with severe phobias.
Her nomination form said: “She goes out of her way to help each patient every hour of her working week because of the demanding and unique work each individual patient requires.
“Just getting and keeping a patient in the chair long enough to do the simplest of tasks is a major achievement in itself.” Dr Hawker, who is based at Armley Moor Health Centre in Leeds, was said to provide constant reassurance to her patients, noticing if they become distressed, stopping treatment and comforting them to ensure they are ok.
She told the YEP she was very surprised to be nominated for the second year running.
“I am absolutely delighted and flattered to be nominated for the second year,” she said.
“It’s a great feeling that one of my patients has taken the time to do this for me. I am just so lucky to work as part of a fantastic team at Armley Moor who all care immensely in striving to provide high quality care for our patients.”
There’s also still plenty of time to nominate health heroes in all categories, including, pharmacists, carers, opticians, doctors, nurses, teams, unsung heroes and midwives.
A shortlist for each category of the awards, which are being sponsored by West Yorkshire health cash plan firm Sovereign Health Care for the second year running, will be announced shortly after the closing date of October 2.