Last month’s Olympics opening ceremony saw hundreds of nurses take to the arena floor in a celebration of our beloved NHS.
And, while it may be under fire at the moment as cutbacks take hold, it’s the frontline staff – who make it as great as it is – who are far too often forgotten.
That is why the Advertiser is getting behind a national NHS Heroes scheme launched recently to conicide with the organisation’s 64th birthday.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has asked you to nominate NHS workers who have made a difference.
It could be your GP who might be doing great things at your local surgery, or a nurse who goes the extra mile to help patients at Ilkeston Community Hospital, or even a receptionist or cleaner at your practice, who always has a smile.
Dr Avi Bhatia, chair of NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group, which takes over health services in the borough next year, said: “The NHS is one of our most treasured assets, but it’s also one we can sometimes take for granted.
“Everyday doctors, nurses, receptionists and cleaners behind the scenes work tirelessly to make a real difference to the lives of thousands of people needing care and support.”
Hazel Wright, an office assistant at Littlewick Medical Centre in Nottingham Road, has already been nominated by her colleagues.
“For me Hazel embodies the heart and soul of Littlewick – always positive, cheerful and helpful,” said practice manager Diane Perry.
“She helps and supports everyone by welcoming and serving refreshments to patients at coffee mornings, meeting the manager, to ensuring the doctors and clinicians have all they need before and during surgeries and supporting me and the admin team and keeping us motivated.
“She is our ‘pink fairy’ and I could not do without her.”
Dr Bhatia added: “The NHS Heroes scheme is our chance to say thank you for the fantastic work they do and ensure they get the recognition they deserve as that one moment of extra effort and kindness may have saved a life, or helped someone through tough times.”
To nominate an ‘NHS Hero’ in Erewash, fill in a form at www.nhsheroes.com. A recognition certificate will be given to every member of staff nominated.