The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) has begun taking nominations for its seventh annual Health Heroes awards.

The awards are described as a chance for the trust to formally recognise the talent and commitment of staff, volunteers, governors and fundraisers in its hospitals - Furness General at Barrow, the Royal Lancaster infirmary and Westmorland General in Kendal - along with health and social teams in the area.

Nominations for the awards are being taken from the public, staff, visitors, and patients.

Awards are being given in nine different categories, including Excellence in Patient Safety, Student/ Trainee of the year and Team of the Year.

A full list of the awards and details along with how to nominate people can be found at

Ian Johnson, chairman of UHMBT said: “I am delighted that the nominations are now open for our seventh annual Health Heroes awards during this significant year when we are not only celebrating 70 years of the NHS but also 20 years of University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Trust.

"The awards celebrate the extraordinary work carried out by our colleagues who on a daily basis contribute to making University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Trust a great place to be cared for and a great place to work.

"This is your opportunity as a local resident who uses our services to thank someone who has gone above and beyond their role to improve the lives of everyone who uses our hospitals.”

Aaron Cummings, chief executive of UHMBT said: "We would like to hear from you if you have recently received outstanding care from a member of staff at one of our hospitals or from a service in your community that has made a difference to your life or that of a friend or family.

"Please take the time to nominate them so we can thank them more formally.”

The awards are a highlight in the trusts's calender and give the trust a chance to thank staff, giving winners a real sense of pride.

The polls for Search for Health Heroes are open until November 16.