Glasgow made its mark at the Scottish Health Awards 2004 on Thursday (October 28), when three of the coveted awards were scooped by NHS Greater Glasgow staff.
Winners were: Jake McGinness, a mental health charge nurse from Parkhead Hospital, who received the award for the Nurses category; Dr Richard Groden, a GP at Tollcross Medical Centre, who won the Doctors award; and the Health Improvement Team from the Forensic Directorate at Leverndale Hospital, who won the Mental Health Team Award.
The ceremony at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange was attended by key health figures including NHS Greater Glasgow Chairman Sir John Arbuthnott, Health Minister Andy Kerr and Deputy Health Minister Rhona Brankin.
The Health Minister said: "I am delighted that Jake McGinness, Dr Richard Groden and the Mental Health Services Health Improvement Team from NHS Greater Glasgow won such prestigious awards.
"It was a great privilege for me to meet workers from the NHS frontline who make a real difference for patients every day of the year.
"Too often we hear unfounded criticism of our health service and, by implication, the people who work in it and for it.
"This just shows the tremendous dedication of staff to the NHS which goes beyond the call of duty. It should be an example to us all. That's what makes the NHS such a magnificent asset for Scotland and its people."
Tom Divers, Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow, added: "It's wonderful to see our staff achieve national rewards for the admirable work they do for the people of Glasgow.
"And in addition to the final awards, we're proud that further members of our staff were shortlisted. They were: the Clydebank Older People's Team; Yorkhill surgeon, Carl Davis; the Royal Infirmary's Lead Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager Fiona McCluskey and her team; and Mick McMenemy and his team from the Greater Glasgow Back Pain Service.
"These people all work tirelessly for their patients, so we're proud to see their efforts being recognised."
The awards - which are sponsored by the Daily Record and supported by government and private companies including the Scottish Executive Health Department - are seen an opportunity to acknowledge the dedication, professionalism and hard work of all who work for the NHS.
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
· There were 14 categories within the awards, with 40 finalists shortlisted. The nominations were made by NHS employees, members of the public and Daily Record readers.
· Details of all winners and information on why they won is available on www.cci.scot.nhs.uk
· Three Jpeg images of the Glasgow award winners are available on request.