An inquest into the death of a healthcare assistant has been adjourned after the family raised further questions surrounding her Covid diagnosis.
Christine Emerson, 64, of Marshland Street, Terrington St Clement, worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
It was heard at Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Norwich yesterday (Wednesday), that Mrs Emerson, a mother-of-six and grandmother-of-six, had a number of underlying medical conditions.
On April 7, 2020 she was sent home from work with a temperature and at the inquest, the family questioned why a Covid test was not taken by the hospital and also by her GP.
Mrs Emerson’s family has also asked why was she told not to work at the hospital, rather than just being advised not to go in, after being identified as high risk.
It was heard Mrs Emerson was admitted to A&E with a high temperature and Covid symptoms and died a week later on April 19.
The medical cause of death for Mrs Emerson was given as viral pneumonia, due to COVID-19.
Senior coroner for Norfolk Jacqueline Lake adjourned the inquest to a later date, which at the time of going to press, was unknown.
Caroline Shaw, chief executive at the hospital, said on Wednesday: “Chrissie was a much-loved and valued colleague and her sad death impacted on us all at QEH.
“Chrissie’s legacy very much lives on as demonstrated by naming our new and recently-opened outpatient unit in tribute to her.
“Chrissie is missed very much by us all. Our thoughts are with Chrissie’s family recognising this must be a very difficult day.”