GP’s success at Lincolnshire Health Awards
A GP from Bracebridge Heath was among the NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group winners at the second annual Lincolnshire Health Awards.
Dr Zubair Qureshi, sole partner at The Heath Surgery, scooped the Doctor of the Year prize at the event at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lincoln.
More than 250 people attended the awards ceremony to see more than a dozen awards handed out to hardworking NHS staff and volunteers who go the extra mile to help patients every single day.
Dr Qureshi won the prestigious Doctor of the Year award after being nominated by several people. He was praised by a member of the public for rushing from his house to the aid of a lady who had fallen one evening and helped with her immediate care before calling an ambulance.
His nomination also said Dr Qureshi’s ‘hard work and sheer determination’ has got the practice back on track after a couple of tough years.
It went on to say ‘Dr Qureshi is more than just a GP – he is a longstanding and immensely popular member of the Bracebridge Heath community. He takes his young family to local events and always stops to chat with his patients even when he’s shopping at his local store or walking down the street.
‘He is part of the furniture in Bracebridge Heath. The rapport he has with local people, in and out of his surgery, is second to none.’
Speaking after collecting his award, Dr Qureshi told LincolnshireLive: “I’m very honoured and humbled to get this award which came as a real surprise.
“I’ve been a GP at The Heath for 17 years and patients that I saw as babies are now all grown up and going to university.
“People do stop me in the street and tell me their ailments and that’s all part of being a community GP.”
There was also an emotional presentation made to the family of the late Dr Mark Howard, who sadly died earlier this year.
The Special Recognition Award was presented to his widow, Michaela, marking Dr Howard’s contribution to primary care, and Welton Family Health Centre in particular.
It was handed over to the family by Dr Sunil Hindocha, chief clinical officer at Lincolnshire West CCG, who described it as one of the most humbling experiences of his career.
As Michaela accepted the award, guests in the room all took their feet for a standing ovation.
Another Lincolnshire West CCG winner was the Living With and Beyond Cancer Community Facilitators in the Non-Clinical Team of the Year category.
Fiona Roche and Aaron Hall were appointed to the positions of Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer Community Facilitator in May.
Their nomination says since coming on board, the pair have thrown themselves into the job and have committed to attending all sorts of community group meetings, meeting clinicians and practice managers across the county, meeting patients living with and beyond cancer and talking to as many people as they can to help build a picture of what is available in terms of services in the county.
Fiona said: “When I realised we’d won I said: ‘Oh my God.’.
“Hopefully we are putting Lincolnshire on the map with what we are doing.”
Aaron said: “It was just an honour to be nominated.
“There’s a wide range of community services out there and all we do is help people find them.”
Lincolnshire West CCG also had several colleagues shortlisted. These include Dr Radi Sultan for Doctor of the Year, Carrie Townsend in Healthcare Assistant of the Year and the University of Lincoln Health Service shortlisted for GP Practice of the Year.
*Buy a Lincolnshire Echo dated November 22 for a full colour supplement of the awards, including more pictures.