Local Nurse receives Unsung Hero award by MP for ‘incredible’ work during Coronavirus

Jan Foster Taylor has been recognised by a local MP through the Unsung Heroes scheme for her selfless work at Auckland Medical Group throughout the Coronavirus crisis.

Dehenna Davison, MP for Bishop Auckland, awarded Jan Foster Taylor the sixth Unsung Hero award this week following a huge number of nominations from local residents for volunteering to be seconded into a frontline role at Bishop Auckland hospital. As a nurse practitioner at Auckland Medical Group, Jan Foster Taylor already held a key role in the battle to support patients and colleagues through the Coronavirus crisis. However, it is her selfless desire to return to Bishop Auckland Hospital to work on COVID wards to support NHS workers that has resulted in so many nominations.

Dehenna delivered a contactless award to Jan this weekend, consisting of a hamper of pamper goodies from Tinkers Treasuers and a framed certificate to honour their work. Delivering the award, Dehenna said:

“I am beyond pleased to be giving the fabulous Jan Foster Taylor this week’s Unsung Hero award for her work at Auckland Medical Group, and on some of the COVID wards.

“Jan is an absolute superstar and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to thank her first-hand for her incredible work. She has also looked after me personally as a patient of Auckland Medical group, so a massive personal thanks from me”.

The Unsung Heroes scheme was launched in early April to recognise local residents who are going above and beyond for the community during the Coronavirus crisis. On why they nominated Jan, residents said:

“I’ve been going to Jan as my nurse practitioner for the last couple of years. She always goes above and beyond in normal circumstances, but when COVID 19 came she automatically went back to the hospital to help out with COVID 19 patients. She is an inspiration to everyone and has a heart of gold.”

And, “I've known Jan for a long time, and I have said it for years that she is the epitome of an amazing nurse. She cares about each and every one of her patients and always goes that extra mile”.

Those wanting to nominate a local hero can fill in a form via Dehenna Davison’s website: https://www.dehennadavison.com/our-unsung-heroes