The deadline is looming to nominate outstanding health service heroes for our Best of Health Award.
The annual awards – which this year are being held jointly across South Tyneside and Sunderland for the first time - aim to recognise incredible people in the medical profession.
Now we are getting into the final weeks before a shortlist is drawn up by judges ahead of the grand finale next month.
Those wishing to put someone forward for an award now have just four weeks before the deadline on April 7.
We have had an abundance of outstanding pharmacists, GP’s and dentists in the running for an accolade.
We are calling on residents to nominate worthy care workers, nurses, midwives and teams. Don’t forget those unsung heroes as well as individuals who you think deserve a long term achievement award.
This year’s awards are sponsored by South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, mydentist, Quality Hotel Boldon and NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group.
Once the nominations are in, a shortlist will be drawn up.
Finalists will then be invited to the final at the Quality Hotel, in Boldon, on Thursday, April 27.
To nominate someone for an award, just send your name, address and telephone number, as well as your email address, if applicable.
Remember to include the category you are putting your nominated cause into.
Also send the name of the person you wish to nominate, along with their address, telephone number and email (if known).
Send entries to Lynn Wild by no later than April 7.
Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or send them to Lynn Wild, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.
Let’s start with the categories where we will be choosing two winners, one for Sunderland and one for South Tyneside.
l GP of the Year/GP Practice of the Year.
l Hospital Doctor of the Year.
l Nurse of the Year.
l Dental Practice of the Year/ Dentist of the Year.
l Optometrist of the Year.
l Therapist of the Year.
l Midwife of the year.
l Customer Service/Unsung Hero of the Year.
l Long term achievement.
There will be one winner - covering all areas - chosen in the following categories.
l Care Worker of the Year.
l Pharmacist of the Year.
l Dental Nurse of the Year.
l Team of the Year.
And there is one category where a winner will be chosen for South Tyneside only.
l Community Nurse of the Year.