NHS Borders has finalists shortlisted in three different categories at this year’s Scottish Health Awards.

These include: Doctor Award – Dr Colm McCarthy, Integrated Care Award – Major Trauma Team and Support Worker Award – Michelle Brownlee

The Scottish Health Awards recognise and reward dedicated NHS staff, support workers, volunteers and specialist teams who go the extra mile to provide outstanding patient care.

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This year is particularly special, as the awards coincide with the NHS celebrating its 75th year.

The finalists fought off stiff competition from across Scotland to earn their place at the prestigious awards ceremony that will take place next month in Edinburgh.

Dr Colm McCarthy, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at NHS Borders, said: “It is a true honour to be nominated and it is really appreciated. I do feel a little embarrassed to be singled out when in reality I am surrounded by many doctors, nurses, healthcare support workers, porters and secretarial staff that inspire and amaze me with their kindness, commitment and compassion on a daily basis.

I am really lucky to be able to work in the NHS and in particular here in the Borders and I look forward to spending many more years surrounded by such a fantastic team of people.”

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Gillian Cross, Major Trauma Team Rehab Co-ordinator at NHS Borders, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been nominated for the Integrated Care Award. Our team always aim to deliver quality care which sustains our NHS values. Being recognised in these awards is humbling and inspires us to achieve this when we come in to work each day.”

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Michelle Brownlee, Healthcare Assistant at NHS Borders, was described by her colleagues as being the “backbone of the Intensive Care Unit, who goes above and beyond for staff and patients” and “an absolute pleasure to work with”.

Ralph Roberts, Chief Executive of NHS Borders, said: “We’re thrilled to have multiple finalists from the organisation representing us at this year’s Scottish Health Awards.

“Being shortlisted for these prestigious awards shows just how dedicated, caring and compassionate our staff are. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff who work incredibly hard all year round and offer my sincere congratulations to our shortlisted finalists.”