PATIENTS are being invited to nominate a nurse or midwife for a major new award launched today by St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Nurse/Midwife of the Year award is being held for the first time this year to ‘celebrate and recognise the extraordinary contribution’ made to patient care by the hospital’s 2,500 nurses and midwives.

Patients and their families are being invited to nominate nurses and midwives who gave them outstanding care during their stay in hospital, while staff are being encouraged to single out colleagues who have advanced clinical practice and the profession of nursing.

Launching the awards, the hospital’s Deputy Director of Nursing, Sue Cooper, said:

“The award is a wonderful opportunity to reward the nursing heroes of this hospital.

“Our nurses and midwives are amazing people and they do wonderful work often in very difficult and trying circumstances.

“This is the first time we have held the award and we hope it will give patients and their relatives the chance to say a special thank you to a nurse or a midwife who went that extra mile to look after them while they were in hospital.”

The closing date for nominations is March 31, 2006.

Entries will be judged by a panel of senior nurses and the winner will be announced at a special ceremony on International Nurses Day on May 12.

The winner will receive ?100 in gift vouchers and an engraved trophy.