Toasting the very best of health on the Fylde coast

The very best of the Fylde coast’s medical professionals were celebrated at The Ga­zette’s Best of Health Awards.

Doctors, nurses, carers, den­tists, midwives, pharmacists and childcare practitioners were among those rewarded after being nominated for ex­cellence, for going above and beyond their normal duties to look after others.

Hosted by Radio Wave’s Ged Mills and Hayley Kay, the event at the Imperial Hotel saw awards handed out before a dinner and entertainment.

Alison Farron, regional manager for headline spon­sor Barches-ter, said: “We’re here to celebrate some amaz­ing people who’ve been nomi­nated because they ensure the people of the Fylde coast get excellent care. Those nominated have proven they’ve exceeded customer expecta­tions on the level of care they give.

“At Barchester we’re com­mitted to providing high-qual­ity services and we are very proud to be associated with the Best of Health awards.

Winner of the midwife category, Francesca Hall, was nominated for helping a lady through a lengthy labour, long after her shift had finished. The winner paid tribute to ‘eve­ry one of my colleagues on the unit’ and added: “I’d really like to thank my family for getting me to where I am today.”

Dentist Zuber Bagasi of Synergy Dental took the award for the first time, and said: “Thank-you to my amazing team for making this happen. It definitely wouldn’t have been possible without you.”

Doctor of the Year winner Dr Susnerwala said: “Thank­ you to all my patients over the years. I’m part of a big team of nurses and doctors and administrative staff who work behind the scenes. “I’m not the only one – it’s a big team so thanks to all of them.” He paid tribute to sec­retaries who had worked with him since he started at the Vic and added: ”I’d also like to thank my family for sup­porting me over all the years.”

Peter Mowbray was named Unsung Hero. The off-duty medic used the torch on his mobile phone to help save a security guard’s life after he was attacked with a bottle. Dad-of-five Darren Fisher, 41, was smashed over the head outside Sainsbury’s in Talbot Road, leaving him with a sus­pected bleed on the brain. Peter, who works in theatre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, rushed to his aid and realised the guard’s left eye was ‘blown’ – which indicates he had a se­rious head injury – so made him sit up to reduce the pres­sure on his brain to prevent brain damage or even death. He then used the torch light on his mobile phone to shine into Mr Fisher’s eyes to make sure he wasn’t deteriorating as they waited for an ambulance. The story made the front page of The Gazette. Accepting the award, emo­tional Peter said: “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Dar­ren who I’m glad to say is do­ing pretty well. Thank-you to my friends and family – and to you all.” Darren, who was in hospi­tal for three days but is now making a good recovery, said: “It’s an amazing thing that Pe­ter has done. I’m forever in his debt.” Peter said: ‘I’m immensely proud that it all came together in the end.”

The Gazette’s Best of Health Award winners 2016

Nurse of the Year Award, sponsored by Spire Fylde Coast Hospital
Winner: Francesca Hall, Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Shortlisted Nominees: Heidi Williams, Mar­ton Medical Practice; Joanne Holt, Gateway Mental Health Services; Amanda Fewtrell, Whitegate Drive Walk-In Centre

Carer of the Year Award sponsored by UCLAN
Winner: Liam Quinn, Blackpool Carer’s Cen­tre
Shortlisted nominees: Gary Feeney, Langdales Care Home; Star Bickerstaffe, Joanne Fletch­er, Daniel Wilkilson

Midwife of the Year Award sponsored by The Gazette
Outright Winner: Chantelle McGovem

Pharmacist of the Year Award sponsored by Barchester Healthcare
Winner: Jabir Bala, Rhodes Pharmacy
Shortlisted Nominees: Lytham Road Phar­macy

Elderly Welfare Award sponsored by Whit­worth Chemists
Winner: Susan Forbes, Glenroyd Care Home
Shortlisted Nominees: Mandy Banks, Blackpool Victoria Hospital; June Riches, Langdales Care Home; Deena Whittingham, Langdales Care Home

Childcare of the Year Award sponsored by Spiral Health
Winner: Sally Manning and Kim Barry, Grunty’s Day Care Nursery
Shortlisted Nominees: Jane McNair, Busy Bees

Therapist of the Year Award
Winner: Sam Wall, Spire Fylde Coast Hos­pital
Shortlisted Nominees: Richard Baron, Spi­ral Healthcare

Dentist of the Year Award sponsored by Barchester Healthcare
Winner: Zuber Bagasi, Synergy Dental
Shortlisted Nominees: Howard Hunter, Ivory Dental Care; Sharon Caro, St Annas Dental Practice

Doctor of the Year Award sponsored by Syn­ergy Dental Clinic
Winner: Dr Susnerwala, Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Shortlisted Nominees: Dr Billington, Marton Medical Practice; Dr Rahman, Beechwood Surgery; Dr Au, Queensway Medical Centre

Unsung Hero Award sponsored by FCMS and PDS Medical
Winner: Peter Mowbray
Shortlisted nominees: Lynn Hardman; Mags Hanning and Charlie; Kate Stashkiw

The Gazette Special Recognition Award
Winner: The Palliative and End of life Team, Blackpool Victoria Hospital

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