Time is running out to nominate the unsung heroes of healthcare for a prestigious competition.
The deadline for entries for the Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health awards is this Thursday. (October 4)
The awards, which are sponsored by Sovereign Health Care, will recognise health workers who go above and beyond the call of duty.
We are looking for the real superstars who deserve to be publicly recognised for the work they do. We are seeking nominations in 10 categories, including for top doctors, nurses and midwives.
We will also be recognising amazing opticians, fabulous dentists and fantastic physical therapists – physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths.
As well as that, we are looking for carers, unsung heroes and tight-knit teams of health workers.
All nominations must be in by October 4, when a judging panel will draw up a shortlist for each category.
The shortlist will be invited to a glitzy awards lunch on October 29, when the winners will be announced.
One of the lucky category winners, who has demonstrated exemplary care, will also be given the Overall Judge’s Award.
Nominees include accident and emergency support worker Raymond Dunk, who works in both Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital.
He has been nominated for his constant efforts to help patients – and especially for his treatment of a seriously ill child.
Also nominated is a heart surgeon who thankful parents say is modest about saving children’s lives.
Kevin Watterson has been put forward in the Unsung Hero category in the awards.
The surgeon has operated on countless sick children who are cared for at the children’s heart surgery unit at LGI.
Several patients nominated him for the award, saying he had saved their child’s life.
One parent said: “We owe him our son’s life and we will never be able to thank him enough.”
Optician Mark Richardson of Specsavers in Morley has been nominated in the Optician of the Year category.
He has picked up on brain tumours and most recently ra are childhood glaucoma while carrying out eye tests.
A spokesman for Bradford-based health cash plan provider Sovereign Health Care said: “Sovereign Health Care is proud to support the Best of Health Awards 2012.
“As a West Yorkshire organisation, established almost 140 years ago, with the aim of helping people to manage the costs of their everyday healthcare, it is a natural fit for us to support these awards.”