THERE is still time to get your nominations in for this year’s Hospital Heroes Patients’ Choice awards.

Southend Hospital has once again joined forces with the Echo and Southend Standard to help find three shortlisted nominees deserving of the coveted patients’ choice award.

The awards are a great opportunity for patients and their friends and family to say a big thank you to the staff at the hospital who have made a real difference to their care - and lives.

They aim to celebrate members of staff who have gone that extra mile to deliver the best possible service and really embodies the hospital’s ethos of care with compassion.

Only three nominees go through to the public voting stage so the nomination forms are really important.

The closing date for nominations is Monday, July 30.

Gary Pearson, head of content at the Echo and Southend Standard, said: “The Echo is thrilled to be supporting the awards once again as they are such a worthwhile and important cause.

“As our coverage of the NHS’s 70th birthday celebrations showed, there are some fantastic, caring and compassionate people who work in our hospitals 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-week.

“It is great that patients have the opportunity to nominate the hospital staff so they can be properly celebrated and awarded for their care.

“We would encourage everyone to nominate their NHS heroes so they can get the recognition they deserve.”

You can download a nomination form by visiting:

Once completed, please email it to

Alternatively you can return it by post to Hospital Heroes Awards, c/o The Lodge, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 0RY