23rd August 2022
Huge congratulations go out to former Access to HE learner and newly-qualified nurse Melissa Copestake, who has been recognised with a University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust Hero award for her role in helping a vulnerable member of the public in distress whilst off-duty.
Melissa worked alongside a fellow health professional and neighbour to assist the man and get him the help he needed from emergency services.
Not only did Melissa make the 999 call to emergency services, but completed a handover to the ambulance crew on their arrival, who immediately commenced physical observations and emergency assessment. Melissa has been praised for her responsive reaction and demonstrating exemplary compassion and respect for the patient.
Tracy Bullock, Chief Executive, said: “Melissa is a newly-qualified nurse and has, as might be expected, faced many challenges as she has transitioned into the role in a very busy acute care environment. It is very commendable that Melissa had the confidence and competence to provide emergency care in this situation.”
Places are still available to study an Access to HE Diploma at Newcastle College starting this September. View our Access to HE courses here.