MedicAlert launches awards for healthcare professionals

MedicAlert, the charity which provides emergency identification for people with hidden medical conditions and allergies, is celebrating 40 years of saving lives with the launch of the MedicAlert Healthcare Professional of the Year Awards.

MedicAlert, the charity which provides emergency identification for people with hidden medical conditions and allergies, is celebrating 40 years of saving lives with the launch of the MedicAlert Healthcare Professional of the Year Awards.

For people with hidden medical conditions or allergies, support and advice from healthcare professionals makes a huge difference to their lives. MedicAlert wants to recognise what this means to their members so they are asking them to nominate the healthcare professional who has made the greatest difference in their life over the past year. Member’s can nominate a GP who has provided outstanding care to their family, a specialist who has made their life easier, a nurse who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to their care, or a paramedic who was there for them in an emergency.

Nominations will be considered under three categories – Community Care, Hospital Care and Emergency Care. Nomination forms can be found at http://www.medicalert.org.uk/i/hpoy.doc. Entries close on 31 August 2007.

Introduced to the UK over 40 years ago, MedicAlert now provides reassurance and peace of mind to more 280,000 members.  Approximately 22% of members have diabetes, 21% allergies, 23% cardiac conditions, 8% steroid therapy, 7% epilepsy, 4% thyroid disorders, 2% anaesthetic risk, 2% splenectomy and 2% other condition.  Recent research showed that around a third of members are referred to MedicAlert by their GP whilst many other receive advice on medical identification from a hospital consultant or specialist nurse.

For more information on MedicAlert’s 40th Anniversary and these two new initiatives, visit http://www.medicalert.org.uk/Ruby.asp.

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