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PATIENTS, carers and members of the public in the Wigan borough are being encouraged to nominate a staff member for an NHS community healthcare award.

The Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s Patient Choice Awards help recognise the employees who regularly go above and beyond for patients and their families and as a result make a big difference to their lives.

The trust provides local NHS services in clinics, health centres, patients’ homes and walk-in centres. Anyone can nominate a Bridgewater staff member for the award by either filling in a form at their local clinic or health centre or by completing the online nomination process at www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/news/patientchoiceaward/.

Bridgewater’s deputy chief executive Mike Treharne said: “Our staff work tirelessly to deliver the best possible care for our patients and we want to make sure that we celebrate their continued efforts and hard work with the launch of this new Patient Choice Award.

“The award gives people in the local communities we serve the chance to tell us about the receptionists, health visitors, nurses, speech and language therapists, podiatrists and other Bridgewater staff who have provided them with exceptional care and support.”

Nominations close on December 31.

Finalists will be shortlisted in early January 2014 and the winner will be announced at Bridgewater’s Staff Awards ceremony next March.

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust is responsible for providing NHS community health services in Wigan, Leigh, Halton, St Helens and Warrington and also delivers community dental services in the above areas plus Trafford, Bolton, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Western Cheshire.

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust is aspiring to be a Foundation Trust.

Support the trust and give views by signing up as a member at www.bridgewater.nhs.uk.