Why we need to recognise our health workers: How to enter your heroes in the Best of Health Awards

Beast of Health Award launch.
Emergency Medicine Consultant Dr Jonathon Hurley
Beast of Health Award launch. Emergency Medicine Consultant Dr Jonathon Hurley
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The man who helps deal with emergency patients has praised the superb team around him.

And he applauded the Best of Health Awards for the way they recognise excellence in the profession.

Beast of Health Award launch.
Emergency Medicine Consultant Dr Jonathon Hurley with team

Beast of Health Award launch. Emergency Medicine Consultant Dr Jonathon Hurley with team

Dr Jonathan Hurley is a consultant in emergency medicine based at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

He spoke out after the launch of this year’s Sunderland Echo Best of Health Awards to describe the difference the competition makes.

But he also told of his own work, and that of the dedicated team around him.

He started in August last year but remained in the region for the whole of his training.

For staff to be recognised, it is nice. It does not change us but that recognition shows that their efforts are appreciated and make a difference

Dr Jonathan Hurley

The Blyth born and bred doctor and provides advice to medical teams, as well as looking after patients.

There’s 15 nursing staff in his department as well as up to 10 doctors at peak times on any one day.

“If we are really busy, we will get about 300 to 350 patients in a 24-hour period,” said Dr Hurley.

His section can be dealing with anything from minor issues such as chest infections, arm and leg injuries, through to people who need resuscitating.

And when asked what gives him most satisfaction in his work, he said: “It is seeing the difference we can make in a short term.

“It is about the medical aspect of making people better but it is also about how we can reduce people’s fears and anxieties about what is wrong with them.

“Often, although medicine is not an exact science, sometimes we can tell the patient exactly what is wrong.”

Dr Hurley added: “There is no way that we can reduce the number of patients but we can make the shifts easier.”

But one way of making a difference is through the Sunderland Best of Health Awards, he said.

“For staff to be recognised, it is nice. It does not change us but that recognition shows that their efforts are appreciated and make a difference.”

In his spare time, he said, he enjoys getting out into the vast open spaces close to his home.

Dr Hurley praised his fellow workers and said: “In my opinion, we have one of the strongest teams around. We have a wide range of experience and skills across our nursing staff, our nursing practitioners and doctors.”

Sponsors for this year’s awards are South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, mydentist, and NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group.

We want to find excellence in all aspects of health care.

Whether it is doctors, nurses, dentists or other health professionals, we want entries in all categories of this year’s competition.

To nominate, 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 all of that to Lynn Wild by no later than Friday, April 7.

Email those entries to lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk or send them to Lynn Wild, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland,DH4 5RA.

THE CATEGORIES

Let’s start with the categories where we will be choosing two winners, one for Sunderland and one for South Tyneside.

•GP of the Year.

•Hospital Doctor of the Year.

•Nurse of the Year.

•Dental Practice of the Year/ Dentist of the Year.

•Optometrist of the Year.

•Therapist of the Year.

•Midwife of the year.

•Customer Service/

Unsung Hero of the

Year.

•Long-term achievement.

There will be one winner – covering all areas – chosen in the following categories:

•Care Worker of the Year.

•Pharmacist of the Year.

•Dental nurse of the Year.

And there is one category where a winner will be chosen for South Tyneside only:

•Community nurse of the Year.