A pensioner suffering from cancer has praised her local doctor for the tender loving care she got as the Gazette receives its latest nominations for this year's NHS Champions awards.
The award ceremony, held in London later this year, recognises the unsung heroes of the health service - from managers to porters - who have gone over and above the call of duty.
The Gazette has already received one letter from a woman praising staff at Ealing Hospital for the treatment of her infant daughter while she had leukemia.
And now Greenford pensioner Eve Smith has got in touch, nominating Dr Nayana Patel at Greenford Road Medical Centre.
Mrs Smith, who is 72, said she wanted to thank Dr Patel for her compassion and expertise after she went to the surgery last year complaining of pains in her side.
She said: "I had a pain in my right side which wouldn't go away. I saw Dr Patel in the morning and she immediately looked at me and said 'you're not well, sit down.'"
Dr Patel arranged an appointment at Ealing Hospital and scans would reveal Mrs Smith was suffering from bowel cancer. She began treatment not long after.
Mrs Smith said: "It is now September 2008 and all the way through aggressive chemotherapy Dr Patel has been there, phoning up to see how I was and when it was really bad, coming home to see me.
"To this day she is always there, and I know without her expertise at the very beginning I wouldn't be writing this letter.
"There are a lot of people out there who are not recognised. They just do their jobs and don't think they're doing anything special, but they really are."
Dr Patel said: "Something like this is just what we do, but I'm overwhelmed to be nominated and I'm very grateful."
NHS Champions is being held to mark the 60th birthday of the NHS this year. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, October 16. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London in December.
Nominate your heroes by writing to: NHS Champions, Ealing Gazette, 134-136 The Broadway, West Ealing W13 OTL or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.