Meet Tasha Miles, Health Care Assistant on Pierce Ward at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.
“For the last two and a half years, I’ve worked on Pierce Ward as a Health Care Assistant. I have always wanted to work in an environment where I am caring for people.
My best friend, who works on the Cardiac Ward, inspired me to work for the NHS. Hearing about what she was doing, how happy it made her and how rewarding it was motivated me to apply for the healthcare assistant role.
COVID-19 has affected many things. I find it hard not being able to have that same contact with patients. However, I always try and go out of my way to be there for them. For instance, one morning, I was looking after an elderly patient who took a shine to me and she was really craving bananas on her porridge. I’d just finished my shift but I know what it’s like when you’re craving something so I went and got her some bananas. She was so overwhelmed that she left me a gift and a thank you card. It’s amazing how little things can mean so much.
I’m really passionate about end of life care. Unfortunately, I have seen patients sadly pass away from COVID-19 and they’ve not been able to have their families there to hold their hand.
During the first lockdown, I had to send my 10 year old son to my mums for 6 weeks, so I was away from my family. I would walk past the house and wave through the glass when I could.
Spending time with my family is my hobby and my passion. I also love house plants, you will always find me re-potting plants. In the summer, I like going bike riding and I love eating out.
Christmas is about love, that warm feeling you get, and family. It’s about togetherness and being grateful. The roast dinners are my favourite too.
Donations from the public make a real difference. The goodies we received during the first lockdown brought us joy in what was a really challenging time.
Donations make us feel positive and give us a chance to go above and beyond for patients.”