Chrissie Emerson.

A much-loved healthcare assistant at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been remembered in the naming of a new outpatient unit at the hospital.

Chrissie Emerson, 64, of Terrington St Clement, died last year after contracting coronavirus. She had worked at the hospital for almost 30 years.

People were asked to vote for one of five names for the unit, which were the most popular nominations from QEH staff, and the Emerson Unit has been chosen as the name.

Denise Smith, chief operating officer at the QEH, said: “I am really pleased there was so much support to name the unit from our local community and staff. 

“Chrissie’s sad death impacted the whole QEH family, and we believe naming the unit in her memory is a fitting tribute to her. Chrissie is very much missed by us all.”

The new unit will open in January following £20.6m national emergency capital investment to enhance facilities and experience for patients, their families and staff. 

It will include a unit which will bring together outpatient services for urology, pain service, rheumatology, gynaecology, antenatal care, obstetric ultrasound and a day assessment unit for pregnant women.

The poll, which had the endorsement of Mrs Emerson’s family, saw her receive 40 per cent of the 1,241 votes received overall.

Other nominations were Duke of Edinburgh Unit, Mountbatten Unit, Prince Philip Unit and Holkham Unit.