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Tom’s Journey from Hospital Volunteer to Medical Student

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A volunteer inspired by working at George Eliot Hospital during the pandemic, has realised his dream of achieving a place to study medicine at Warwick Medical School.

Tom Paddock joined the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust as Volunteer in April 2020 amassing 500 hours of volunteer support time in a number of roles including driver co-ordinator, checkpoint supervisor, meet and greeter, and supporting the emergency planning team.

Prior joining the Volunteer team, Tom trained for a career in Architecture and was successfully employed within the industry. It was this experience, working with medical staff designing home adaptations for people with disabilities that led to an interest in healthcare. His experience of the care given to his son at George Eliot Hospital Sonography Department and Birmingham Women’s Hospital Fetal Medicine was further inspiration to become a medic.

Tom applied to Warwick Medical School to become a trainee doctor and has recently found out that he has been successful in obtaining a place. He will start his studies in September 2021.

Tom said: “The volunteer services team at George Eliot Hospital have all been so supportive to me. I’m extremely grateful to them all. I’m now looking forward to embarking on my new journey at Warwick Medical School. I’m looking forward to popping in to say hello when I go on placement there! I have loved being a part of the volunteering team and proud of what we do here.”

Jayne Heatley, Volunteer Services Co-ordinator at George Eliot Hospital said: “We are all so proud of Tom. He has been such an integral member of our small team. We can’t thank him enough for all of his support over the past year and wish him all the best with his studies to become a doctor.”

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