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MAGED Habib hopes to claim another victory at the Echo’s Best of Health Awards after he was nominated for the second time in four years.

The Sunderland Eye Infirmary consultant is in the running for this year’s Hospital Doctor of the Year honour.

“It’s a very humbling experience to be nominated,” he said.

“I’m sure there are other people around me who are just as deserving of a nomination.”

At the 2009 awards, he took the Trainee of the Year gong, and he believes working at the Eye Infirmary has helped him become a better clinician.

“It’s an amazing place,” said the 44-year-old, who lives in Chapelgarth in Sunderland.

“We try to make it as easy as we can for patients to come in and have treatment, because sometimes it can be scary for them to have certain operations.”

The nomination for Mr Habib said: “Mr Habib has a wonderful, pleasant manner and is excellent at making his patients feel comfortable.

“He has managed to improve my sight which I am immensely grateful for.

“He is such a talent and I have heard good comments about him from a lot of his patients.

“I am delighted with the dedication of Mr Habib and his team at the Eye Infirmary.

“They are a great asset to the city.”

Health workers across Sunderland can be nominated in 10 categories, with colleagues and members of the public able to put names forward.

Sponsors for the awards, which will be handed out at a ceremony at the Quality Hotel, Boldon Colliery, on March 14, include City Hospitals Sunderland and Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

Acting chairman of Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Fiona Standfield, said: “We are delighted that the Sunderland Echo has once again invited us to support their annual Best of Health Awards.

“These awards allow the people of Sunderland to publicly acknowledge our hard-working, innovative and dedicated NHS staff.”

“It’s a privilege to be involved for the third year as these awards are specifically designed to recognise the work of NHS staff who make a real difference – every day – to the lives of those people who need NHS services.”

>>CLICK HERE to enter your nominations

The deadline for entries is Monday, February 18.

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