Call to nominate your N&N hospital heroes

The NHS Norfolk Staff Awards ceremony at the Forum, Norwich on Friday 12th October. Winner of the ED

The NHS Norfolk Staff Awards ceremony at the Forum, Norwich on Friday 12th October. Winner of the EDP Patient Choice Award - Team/Department of the Year, Gissing Ward. - Credit: Keiron Tovell Photography

Patients are being urged to nominate their hospital heroes as part of an annual awards scheme at a Norfolk NHS trust.

Officials from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have opened the nomination process for the 2013 Patient Choice Award.

Patients are being asked to put forward the name or team who have gone the extra mile to help them at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital or Cromer Hospital.

Nominations for the EDP-sponsored awards will be open until June 30 and recognise those staff who provide exceptional kindness, professional expertise or patient care.

More than 500 nominations were submitted for last year's awards and patients can put forward any nurse, doctor, midwife, therapist, receptionist or other member of staff who looked after them during an out-patient visit, day procedure or longer stay.

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Anna Dugdale, chief executive of the hospital trust, said: 'It's such a pleasure to be able to recognise some of our special employees who go above and beyond the call of duty to support and care for our patients and their families.'

The winner of last year's Patient Choice Award for most outstanding member of staff was paediatric consultant David Booth, who has been a doctor since 1996. Dr Booth was nominated by Laura Palmer for the 'first-class medical care' he has provided to her daughter, Eva, since she was born.

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Gissing Ward was chosen as the winner of the Patient Choice team award.

Annabel Kennan, public governor for the N&N and judge for the Patient Choice Award said: 'This is a fantastic opportunity for patients to nominate those truly exceptional individuals or teams who have made a difference to their lives.'

The awards have been sponsored by Serco which provides a range of services at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, including catering and cleaning. The Patient Choice Award is supported by the EDP.

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