Best of Health Awards: Community Nurse of the Year

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SHE touched a family with her kindness and dedication to her role.

That’s why Pauline Taylor was crowned winner of the Community Team/Worker of the Year at this year’s Best of Health Awards 2013.

Community Nurse of the Year, Pauline Taylor

Community Nurse of the Year, Pauline Taylor

Pauline, who works as a team leader for community paediatrics for Solent NHS Trust, was nominated by Kim Taylor.

She said: ‘I feel truly honoured to have won.

‘It was a privilege to support that family.

‘It’s a privilege to support any family, at a time when no-one can imagine how bad it must be to know you have a baby that isn’t going to live for very long.

‘It’s a privilege to help them, and to make a difference.’

Kim and Kriss Taylor nominated Pauline, after the help they received with their daughter Mia.

In their nomination, the parents said: ‘We were first introduced to her and her team when our baby daughter Mia was only a day old.

‘Our little girl was born with a life-limiting condition called trisomy 13, and was only expected to live at most, a few days.

‘Over the next few weeks, Pauline was amazing.

‘She always listened if we had any questions or when other doctors etc were too scared to treat Mia for the simplest of things due to her extremely rare condition.

‘Sadly our little girl lost her fight on June 5, 2013, aged an amazing nine weeks and a day.

‘Pauline was there at the hospital to help take us home and arranged for us to stay with Mia at Chestnut Tree House, while we try and deal with our heartbreaking loss.

‘Pauline still comes to the house to see how we all are. She even texts to check up on us. We are so grateful to Pauline that she has been renamed Auntie Pauline by our children.’

Runner up in this category June Lunn.

The night nurse is based in the Lee-on-the-Solent Health Centre, and provides palliative care.