NHS worker at Southmead Hospital dies after contracting coronavirus

April 14 2020
NHS worker at Southmead Hospital dies after contracting coronavirus

TRIBUTES have been paid to an NHS worker at Southmead Hospital who has died after contracting coronavirus.

Maureen Ellington, a healthcare assistant, died in the early hours of Easter Sunday. The mother-of-five, who also had six grandchildren, had tested positive for COVID-19.

North Bristol NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said that Maureen, who was in her early 60s, was “well-loved by every colleague and patient she came into contact with”.

She had worked for the NHS for more than 25 years, and had worked with many different teams at both Southmead and Frenchay Hospital.

In a statement released by the trust, her family said: “We are heartbroken to lose the pillar of our family at this time.

She was simply amazing. She loved her husband, five children, six grandchildren, wider family, friends and colleagues.

She was kind-hearted, bubbly, caring and always joyous. She would light up any room she entered.

She will always be in our hearts”

Maureen’s manager, Suzanne Moss, said: “To receive the sad news that an irreplaceable member of our team has sadly passed away has had a deeply devastating impact on us all.

Maureen was a kind-hearted, compassionate and caring person and she brought all these attributes into her ward practice, which made her a highly valued member of the team.

Maureen put the patients and colleagues before herself and always had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends”.

North Bristol NHS Trust chief executive Andrea Young said: “Our Trust has been on a journey over the years, through which Maureen has continued to play a caring and dedicated part.

I want to personally recognise Maureen’s considerable service to the NHS and to North Bristol Trust specifically.

The current challenge of facing the COVID-19 pandemic is the next step in our journey, and one that none of our staff have ever experienced.

It has united us all in solidarity, as one NBT family, and one that Maureen will always remain a part of in our hearts.

Having touched the lives of many of our staff over the years, we will be providing a place for everyone to remember Maureen in a virtual memorial service next week.

My thoughts are with Maureen’s family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.”

To date North Bristol NHS Trust has recorded 48 deaths involving COVID-19 at its hospitals, although Maureen Ellington's is the first of a member of staff to be confirmed.  

Neighbouring University Hospitals Bristol NHS trust, which runs the city centre hospitals, has recorded 45.

Across the country, a total of 12,107 deaths had been recorded in UK hospitals as of this afternoon, 778 of them in the last 24 hours.

However these figures do not include deaths involving COVID-19 at care homes or private homes.

The Office for National Statistics has produced figures for the week ending April 3: the 16,387 deaths registered that week represents the highest total since weekly figures were first collected in 2005 and was 6,082 higher than the average total for the same week over the past five years.

Of those deaths, 3,475 – more than one in five – mentioned coronavirus and in London almost half of all registered deaths mentioned the disease.

There were 354 confirmed cases of coronavirus recorded in Bristol as of this afternoon, while in South Gloucestershire the official total of recorded cases was 219 and in neighbouring Gloucestershire it was 701.

Picture of Maureen Ellington courtesy of North Bristol NHS Trust