Clayton Pearson (born 23 June 1981) is a former resident of the Merrywell Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. While residing there, he developed a close bond with Jac Naylor.
Clayton was born in 1981. At some point, he was sectioned and detained at the Merrywell Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. (HC: Episode 1035) In December 2019, cardiothoracic surgeon Jac Naylor was taken to the unit, and she and Clayton quickly developed a close bond. (HC: "Kintsugi", Episode 1035) In January 2020, Jac was discharged from Merrywell, (HC: Episode 1009) and Clayton was discharged a few weeks after.
In November, Clayton was taken to Holby City Hospital presenting with muscle pain and chronic fatigue and refused to be treated by anyone but Jac. Jac informed Clayton had hypercalcaemia and required surgery and assured him that she would not let him die. After collapsing on the hospital roof, Clayton was rushed into theatre where Jac successfully removed his enlarged parathyroid glands. However, Clayton's parathyroid levels continued to rise post-surgery. (HC: Episode 1035) Jac puzzled over Clayton's symptoms but could not decide on a definitive diagnosis, prompting Kian Madani to enlist the help of F1s Jeong-Soo Han, Josh and Skylar. Jeong-Soo discovered a bottle of ketogenic diet pills in Clayton's bedside cupboard and correctly identified an additional tumour that had been caused by an eating disorder. Jac managed to remove the tumour, and Clayton finally began to recover. After surgery, Jac urged Clayton to seek help for his body dysmorphia. Clayton opened up to Jac about his feelings for her, but she told him that she was already in a relationship. Later that day, Clayton witnessed Kian taking drugs. (HC: Episode 1036) Clayton confronted Kian and threatened to expose his drug addiction to Jac, but he ultimately chose not to. Clayton was later discharged, and he thanked Jac for her help and support. (HC: Episode 1037)