QEH announces death of staff member diagnosed with coronavirus

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Leaders at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have paid tribute to a member of staff who has died after testing positive for coronavirus.

The death of healthcare assistant Chrissie Emerson, a mother and grandmother, was announced by the King’s Lynn hospital this afternoon (Monday).

A statement issued by QEH chief executive Caroline Shaw and Professor Steve Barnett, chairman of the hospital trust, said: ““Everyone at QEH is today coming to terms with the devastating news that one of our own healthcare assistants has died after testing positive for COVID-19.

“The whole family at QEH is deeply saddened at losing Chrissie Emerson who was such a valued colleague, and much-loved wife to Michael and cherished mother and grandmother.

“We have been in touch with Chrissie’s family to extend our condolences on behalf ofeveryone at QEH and to offer appropriate support. We have informed our staff about this upsetting news and offered support to those who knew and worked closely with Chrissie.

“We have a range of support and counselling services available to our staff to support them during this incredibly difficult time during which we continue to focus on delivering safe care to our patients and maximising support for our staff who are working in conditions that are difficult and challenging for everyone.”