THE finalists of the Worcestershire Health and Social Care Awards 2022 have been announced.

The awards are being staged by Newsquest – publishers of the Worcester News, Malvern Gazette, Evesham Journal, Bromsgrove & Droitwich and Redditch Advertisers and The Shuttle in conjunction with the University of Worcester.

Judging is now complete and the three finalists of the GP Practice of the Year Category category can be revealed.

The award is kindly sponsored by Marshall Toyota Stourbridge and Bromsgrove  – whether you're looking to purchase a new or approved used car, or simply require a Service, MOT or parts, you’ll be assured of an amazingly warm welcome from their friendly and knowledgeable teams.

The awards will culminate in a celebrity-backed virtual ceremony streamed on the Worcester News Facebook page on Thursday, October 13, at 7pm when the winner of each category will be announced.

The first finalist revealed is Aylmer Lodge Surgery in Kidderminster.

The surgery in Hume Street has 11 doctors, working across two sites in Hume Street Medical Centre, Kidderminster and Cookley Village.

The practice was nominated by Rosemary Pardoe, who spoke in glowing terms about the care she receives.

She wrote: "Aylmer Lodge consistently meets the needs of their patients.

"Even during the COVID pandemic it was possible to speak to a doctor who arranged an appointment if necessary.

"When other surgeries almost stopped working, Aylmer Lodge didn't.

"I have found them accessible and available and am very happy with the treatment I have received."

The practice has been rated Good by the Care Quality Commission for being safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

It was also graded "outstanding" by the CQC for the way it helps vulnerable people and was also graded "good" for all other age groups.

The second finalist for GP Practice of the year is Chaddesley Corbett Surgery.

The surgery was praised in its nomination for the way its staff are "friendly, helpful and thorough".

The nomination said: "I have always received a great service from the team at Chaddesley Corbett Surgery. 

"Everyone is so friendly, helpful and thoughtful and go beyond and above the call of duty. 

"When I have been diagnosed with a physical problem, they have always been right with their diagnosis and the length of time that it will take for my physical problem to recover or heal. 

"Even throughout the pandemic I received frequent telephone calls from the surgery asking about my health.

"This the reason why I feel that this GP Practice should win this award."

The surgery's team of Dr Ali Al-Hakim, Dr Lucy Evriviades, Dr Louise Bramble and Dr Claire Horder pride themselves on being a tight-knit and friendly team.

Last but not least is Wolverley Surgery, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year having first been established on-site in 1962.

The surgery specialises in treating chronic diseases including asthma and diabetes, as well as a range of other services including antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups.

The surgery was rated as "good" by the CQC and "outstanding" for the care offered to patients.

Dr Adnan Chaudhry and Dr Catherine Devenport were praised in their nomination for going the extra mile to help all their patients.

It said: "From the moment you step in through the door you are greeted by the receptionist and this makes you feel calm and at ease and you just know you are in safe hands when you see the doctors or nurses.

"Wolverley Surgery needs to be recognised for the utterly amazing care they give to us as a family.

"Words don't seem enough to show our gratitude."