GP practice could be top of the docs

Dr Arthur Crummie of Monkwearmouth Health centre. His practise has been nominated in the GP/Practice of the Year for the Echo's Beat of Health Awards 2012

Dr Arthur Crummie of Monkwearmouth Health centre. His practise has been nominated in the GP/Practice of the Year for the Echo's Beat of Health Awards 2012

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A DOCTOR’S practice is hoping to claim glory after being nominated in the Echo’s Best of Health Awards.

Monkwearmouth Health Centre, in Dundas Street, has been nominated in the GP/Practice of the Year category at this year’s ceremony.

Dr Arthur Crummie, who has been at the practice for 25 years and is only the fourth GP partner at the centre since 1889, says it is heartwarming to know that his and his staff’s work is being recognised by patients.

Dr Crummie said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been nominated.

“It shows that we are going about things the right way and that we are looking after people the way they want to be looked after.

“The staff are very pleased that their work is being recognised.

“We just look to give a very personal service.

“It’s a single-handed practice but there’s another GP who comes in to work with me sometimes.

“All the patients are known by me and the staff so they really feel at home.

“We know a lot of the patients’ relations like their aunties and uncles and cousins as well.”

One patient who has nominated the practice, said: “Dr Crummie and his team of receptionists and practice nurses must be one of the finest in the country.

“They make you feel proud to be part of it and deserve to be GP Practice of the Year.”

Another said: “For many years I have always received 100 per cent care and sympathetic attention from Dr Crummie and his staff.

“In addition to the check-ups, when I have other occasions to visit the practice the receptionists are always courteous and pleasant.

“It is a privilege to nominate Dr Crummie and his staff.”

Dr Crummie added that the team is greatly looking forward to the Best of Health Awards evening after the practice missed out on two awards at the 2009 Best of Health ceremony.

“We were nominated in two categories and didn’t win either so we are hoping that we will be more successful this time around.”

The closing date for entries to the Best of Health Awards is Friday, February 17.

To nominate a health worker or team, fill in the nomination form opposite or go to www.sunderlandecho.com/community/events-exhibitions.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Ramside Hall, in Durham, on Thursday, March 15.

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