NHS Hero nominee – Taylor Pointon
Nursing assistant Taylor Pointon may be just 20-years-old but she is an inspiration to colleagues many years her senior.
Taylor, who works in the eye unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, recently completed an apprenticeship with Newcastle-under-Lyme College and is now supporting other apprentices including 62-year-old Helen Chapman.
Helen, who has worked alongside Taylor for around a year, has nominated Taylor as an NHS Hero in the Your Heroes Awards.
She said: “Taylor is an inspiration to me. I am a 62-year-old apprentice and Taylor has helped me whenever I have been stuck. She is a young lady and always helps.
“She is the go to girl. I aspire to be like her. She is kind, clever, compassionate and a pleasure to be around. Thank you, Taylor. You are a star.”
Taylor, From Meir Hay, has worked at the eye unit for around two years. Her daily tasks include preparing patients to be seen by a doctor by checking their vision and administering eye drops. She has been shadowed by apprentices including Helen.
Taylor said: “It feels really good to have been nominated for a Your Heroes Award. It shows me that I’m doing a good job. It’s hard to describe just how good it feels as I’ve never been nominated for any sort of award before. It’s a bit overwhelming, but a very nice feeling.”