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New award gives you the chance to recognise West Suffolk Hospital’s unsung heroes

The G9 team were recognised at last year's Shining Lights awards
The G9 team were recognised at last year's Shining Lights awards

Patients at West Suffolk Hospital are being given the chance to nominate members of staff for a new award.

The Bury Free Press is teaming up with the hospital to celebrate those unsung heroes who make a real difference to patients.

Shining Lights logo
Shining Lights logo

The Bury Free Press Patient Choice Award is part of the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s Shining Lights Awards which are a celebration of excellence across the trust.

The Shining Lights Awards give staff at the trust the chance to nominate their colleagues in 14 categories.

But the Bury Free Press award gives a voice to patients to highlight who they think should be recognised.

Jan Bloomfield, executive director of workforce at the hospital, said: “Our annual Shining Lights awards are a celebration of excellence and achievement across the whole trust and bring together staff working at West Suffolk Hospital and those out in the community.

“By nominating someone for the BFP Patients’ Choice Award, you will be recognising and rewarding their dedication and commitment to patient care.”

A form will be published in next Friday’s Bury Free Press for you to nominate your hospital hero and the reasons why you think they deserve the award.

A selection of those nominated will then be profiled in future editions of the paper.

Nominations will be shortlisted and the winner announced at the Shining Lights Awards on May 11.

Barry Peters, editor of the Bury Free Press, said: “We’re delighted to join forces with West Suffolk Hospital for this award.

“This is your chance to highlight the commitment and dedication of a member of staff who has made or continues to make a real difference to your experience at the hospital.”

Shining Lights categories nominated by staff include volunteer of the year, employee of the year, community team of the year and rising star.

As well as the Bury Free Press Award, there will be two other special accolades: The Michael Williams Porter of the Year Award and The My WiSH Charity Champion of the Year Award.


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