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Moray and Banffshire heroes: Healthcare honour for Dr Gray's paediatrician

By Alistair Whitfield

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A hard-working paediatrician from Dr Gray's Hospital has been declared the Moray and Banffshire healthcare hero of the year.

Dr Shelagh Parkinson was given her award at the ceremony last night at Brodie Countryfare.

The audience heard that the children's doctor was universally respected by all the hospital's staff.

The evening's compere, broadcaster Nicky Marr, said: "It's often said that no one is irreplaceable. Well, Dr Parkinson's colleagues at Dr Gray's would disagree. She really is irreplaceable."

Steeping onto the stage to accept the award, Dr Parkinson said: "I was very surprised to be nominated, so thank you whoever it was who nominated me.

"Thank you to all my patients – I've learned so much from you.

"I'd also like to thank my family for putting up with all the late nights and accepting that I love my job.

"And thank you to my husband for putting up with me dealing with work emails at home."

The healthcare hero of the year was sponsored by Specsavers in Elgin.

The other nominees in the same category would have also made very worthy winners.

Frances Jamieson works at Alba Place in Elgin, which offers respite and residential care, and for more than three decades has been helping children and young people with disabilities.

Meanwhile, all 14 staff at the Moray Resource Centre in Elgin, were nominated as a group for their collective work in helping older people and those with disabilities.

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