100 UK health workers have died from coronavirus aimed row over lack of PPE

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These are the faces of the latest frontline staff to lose their battle against coronavirus as the death toll for health and care workers soars over 100.

Tributes were paid yesterday to the selfless heroes, some of whom passed away at the hospitals they worked at.

Among them are nurses who fearlessly continued going to work, despite knowing the danger they were putting themselves in.

The new figures come after Nursing Notes, a website recording coronavirus deaths, claimed at least 100 health and care workers had died from the disease.

The website, which has produced a map detailing the locations of fatalities, said its data is compiled and checked by a team of nurses.

Now union leaders are calling for a nationwide tribute to those on the front line who have lost their lives.

Last week the Government confirmed 27 NHS staff had died from Covid-19.

Here are the latest victims:

Chrissie Emerson

NHS healthcare assistant Chrissie Emerson was praised by colleagues and patients as a “much-loved” member of staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk

Mrs Emerson, who had tested positive for coronavirus, died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she worked, in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

The 515-bed hospital has so far had 61 confirmed Covid-19 deaths.

News of Mrs Emerson’s death was revealed in a joint statement by the hospital trust’s CEO Caroline Shaw, and its trust chairman Professor Steve Barnett.

The statement 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.” 

Patients who were looked after by Mrs Emerson and people who worked with paid tribute to her in a series of Facebook posts.

She was described as a ‘wonderful bubbly lady’ who was always helpful, cheerful and loving.

Grace Kungwengwe

Frontline nurse Grace Kungwengwedied after contracting coronavirus.

She has been described as a “dedicated NHS worker, who loved her job and was actively working until she tested positive (for) Covid-19” on a fundraising page set up in her memory.

It said: “She was loved by many and her dedication and care for others was second to none.”

The health worker passed away at Lewisham Hospital, where she worked, on Sunday leaving behind two sons and grandchildren.

Joanna Klenczon

Domestic supervisor Joanna Klenczon, 34, worked at Northampton General Hospital for 10 years before she died with coronavirus on April 9.

Paying tribute to her, a spokesman for the NGH NHS trust said she was “well-liked and respected by everyone she worked with”.

The spokesman said Ms Klenczon died after “receiving the best care we could provide”.

In a statement, the Trust said: “Joanna had worked at NGH for the past 10 years and her colleagues remember her as someone who was courteous, polite, a good organiser and team member who set high standards, and was prepared to go the extra mile.

“Joanna was well liked and respected by everyone she worked with.

“Our thoughts are with Joanna’s family at this time and we offer them our sincere condolences.”

Dr Sonia Swart, chief executive at the Trust, added that Joanna touched the lives of many at NGH.

Vivek Sharma

Tributes have been paid to an occupational therapist who died on Friday after becoming ill with Covid-19.

Vivek Sharma, who worked at Medway Community Healthcare, was described as a gentle soul who was kind and generous.

The 58-year-old was married and had two sons, one of whom was due to be married this year.

A Medway Community Healthcare spokesman said Mr Sharma had been isolating at home as he had underlying health conditions.

The health firm is a social enterprise community interest company (CIC), providing community NHS services to the people of Medway.

Mr Sharma previously worked as an occupational therapist at Medway NHS Foundation Trust.

Simon Guest

Radiographer Simon Guest, who worked at Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria, died from coronavirus on Wednesday.

His wife Nicky said: “We are all overwhelmed with grief at the loss of our beloved Simon to Covid-19.

“His work ethic and personality were like sunshine and light even in the darkest of times

“Simon was special, a true gentleman and a great role model to all. He was a gentle soul and so very caring with both his patients and NHS colleagues.

“Simon worked tirelessly on the front line, always helping others, a dedicated professional in every sense of the word.”

She added that he also had a fantastic sense of humour.

Gaily Catalla

Gaily Catalla, who worked in Kent, passed away from coronavirus after a 40-year nursing career, according to a report.

Gaily, who lived in Maidstone, moved over to the UK from the Philippines, Kent Live reports.

On April 13, Julai Catalla, posted a tribute to Gaily on Facebook.

She said: “Goodbye daddy Gaily, thank you so much for all the fun, laughter and all your help to all of us.

“We love you so much daddy.

“Until your last moment you still showed your strength and love to us and the patients you cared for.”

Barry England

East of England Ambulance Trust leading operations manager Barry England also died after contracting coronavirus.

A trust spokesman said: “We offer our sincere condolences to Barry’s family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time. The trust is offering its support to Barry’s family.”

A statement issued on behalf of Mr England’s family said that their hearts were broken at this sudden loss and that he was extremely proud to have worked for the ambulance service for over 33 years.

The family wanted to thank all the NHS staff who cared for Mr England in hospital and for the support being received from his former colleagues.

Source : Mirror.co.uk

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