Call for Western Isles health heros to be honoured

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The search is on for top health workers and teams across the Western Isles as the Scottish Health Awards 2012 open for nominations.

Local people are being encouraged to nominate NHS workers and volunteers who regularly go beyond the call of duty to deliver exceptional quality healthcare and improve health services in their area.

The Scottish Health Awards celebrate loyal staff from every area of healthcare. Therapists, GPs, specialist carers or the cleaners and cooks who work tirelessly behind the scenes of NHSScotland are all eligible for an accolade.

This year there are a number of new categories including the Integrated Care for Older People Award, Quality Champion of the Year and Leading for Quality Award.

The awards will culminate in a prestigious award ceremony in Edinburgh on 8 November 2012.

Last year, two outstanding health professionals and teams from NHS Western Isles were presented with a national accolade.

Senior radiographer, Ishbel Walker from Uist and Barra Hospital collected the Unsung Hero Award to celebrate her outstanding dedication to serving local island communities. She was joined by the Well North Outer Hebrides Team at Stornoway Health Centre who scooped the Healthy Living Award after impressing the panel of judges by delivering an innovative and highly effective screening service.

To nominate your healthcare hero visit Scottish Health Awards

The closing date for nominations is 10 September 2012.