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The NHS Heroes Awards

  • Episode: 

    1 of 1

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 21 May 2018
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  • Time: 

    8.30pm - 10.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 21 2018 : Sat 19 May - Fri 25 May
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  • Amended: 

    Wed 16 May 2018
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The NHS Heroes Awards
Paul O’Grady said: “We will be honouring the incredible medical staff and also the dedicated work of porters, cleaners and of course the army of volunteers without whom the NHS could not function."
Prince William, HRH the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Elton John, Dame Shirley Bassey, Simon Cowell, Boy George and Amanda Holden lead the tributes at the star-studded NHS Heroes Awards.
As part of national celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, an array of stars and special guests will celebrate the extraordinary, life-changing work of NHS staff and volunteers.
Hosted by Paul O’Grady, the glittering, red carpet event will celebrate the real-life heroes within our NHS and give an insight into some of the incredible, life-saving and vital work that NHS staff do in Britain every day.  
Celebrities such as Michael Sheen, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Sir Tom Jones and stars from Coronation Street, Holby City, Casualty and Call The Midwife will pay tribute to some truly awe-inspiring people at the glittering ceremony held at London’s Hilton on Park Lane. 
Winners include an inspirational surgeon who saves the lives of knife and gun victims on a daily basis, and saved the first stabbing victim of the London Bridge terror attack, a 70-year-old midwife who has been delivering babies in remote and extreme conditions for 50 years, and a pair of doctors who pioneered a non-beating heart transplant. The UK’s first ever female professor of surgery will also be recognised for her incredible work and for being a role-model to many other women. 
Award winners also include a mother who raised more than £2m to fund cancer research after losing her son to the disease, and a teenage girl who lost her best friend in the Manchester arena terror attack, and in spite of suffering serious injuries herself, has raised thousands for the medics in the unit who saved her life.
As well as these incredible inspiring and moving stories, there are also some special surprise moments such as Liverpool FC’s Champions League finalists, including England captain Jordan Henderson and manager Jurgen Klopp, giving a heroic teenager a day he’ll never forget. And a young girl is given the surprise of her life by the stars of Coronation Street.
The winners were chosen by a judging panel which included Dr Miriam Stoppard, Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid, TV presenter Dr Ranj Singh, President of the Royal College of Nursing Cecilia Anim CBE, National Director for Mental Health, NHS England, Claire Murdoch, presenter Fiona Phillips and TV presenter and campaigner Katie Piper. 
Notes to Editors
The NHS Heroes Awards is brought to you by ITV and the Mirror and takes place on Monday 14th May at London’s Hilton on Park Lane. 
The categories are:
Hero Doctor
Special Recognition
Emergency Lifesaver
Young Fundraising Hero
Hero Nurse
Pioneering Hero 
NHS Fundraising Hero
Mental Health Champion
Special Recognition
Hero Volunteer
Aneurin Bevan Lifetime Achievement Award
Q&A with Paul O’Grady
Q: Why did you decide to take part in the NHS Heroes Awards?
POG: Philip Schofield and Stephen Mulhern weren't available so they thought, 'I'll have to get him in then'. No, in all seriousness, I'm really pleased they asked me because the NHS is something that's very close to my heart, literally! I mean, they've saved me on two or three occasions. I think it's a long overdue awards for the NHS, it really is. So I'm delighted to be a part of it. Normally I don't do things like this, and I do get asked. However, this one appeals to me, it's a good one to be doing.  It should be a yearly thing. 
Q: What's your most poignant memory of the NHS?
POG: Probably my father's death. When I was 16 years old, my mother had a heart attack and when they told him, he collapsed and was taken into intensive care. He sadly died and my aunt had to tell my mother. The Doctors said if they could, they would have said he died of a broken heart. 
Q: What's your earliest memory of the NHS? 
POG: When I was a kid I broke everything. I was one of those kids. I broke my collar bone, had a broken nose, broken wrist, broken arm, broken leg, broken ankle, broken toes and fingers... Everything. My mother was always up the children's hospital with me. I wouldn't say I was accident prone or clumsy, I just climbed things. I was falling off the co-op wall, or off the roof or trees.
I was also the paper boy in St Catherine's Hospital, selling papers and ciggies. Can you believe that now, in a hospital! I used to stand at the end of the maternity ward because you couldn't go in, and shout Echo [Liverpool Echo Newspaper], Echo, Fags! The Matron used to say to me, 'you do realise you're a vital service' because you'd do errands for the patients. They'd ask you to post letters, you became more than a paper boy. 
Q: What has the NHS meant to you over the years?
POG: I've got nothing but praise. And not just whilst I've been in hospital, the aftercare as well.
I used to work in the NHS. I worked at the Royal Northern Hospital as a physio aid. We had two blind physio's so I'd go round the wards with them. They used to see through their fingers so I'd place their hands everywhere. I used to do stuff myself. Evacuating chests and electro medical with the older ladies and the stroke class. I learnt quite a lot whilst I was there. So for me, it's not unfamiliar the National Health Service. A hospital environment is familiar to me, not just from being in there when I had the heart attacks.
The first time I went in with my heart attack, I'll never forget these two Irish nurses in intensive care. They were there all night and then they were there in the morning. They came in and they would sit with you and I tell you what, they're angels. Seriously. They were full of life, they were cheerful, optimistic. They were efficient. I lay there amazed thinking 'how do you do this on a daily basis?'. When I go, somebody else comes in, far more critical than me, and they deal with it. How do they manage and remain so cheerful? It's a sort of vocation for them and you can see that. It's not about the money, it's because that is what they want to do. They're all amazing people.
Q: If you had to award an NHS Heroes Award, who would you nominate?
POG: My cardiologist. He is so patient. And he thinks I'm one of the un-dead. When I go for a check up he says 'I don't know how you do it'. 
Q: If you could say one thing to the people who make up the NHS, what would it be?
POG: I'd just like to say thank you.