An NHS hospital worker known to have a “heart of gold” and a “larger than life” nurse died of a coronavirus.
Medical assistant Jenelyn Carter, 42, was working at Morriston Hospital in Swansea when she caught the deadly virus and Michael Allieu passed away on Saturday at Homerton University Hospital in east London.
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Michael had worked as a nurse since 2007 and was a key member of the acute care team.
He had been in the hospital with coronavirus for several days.
Homerton CEO Tracey Fletcher said, “Michael was a dynamic, larger-than-life figure in our acute care unit, and was well known and appreciated throughout the hospital.
“He will be greatly missed by all of his colleagues in the ACU and the wider Homerton Hospital community. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family at this sad time. ”
Jenelyn, originally from the Philippines, was treated by her own colleagues before dying.
Alelie Paiste, her close friend and medical assistant, started raising funds for Jenelyn’s funeral.
She said on Facebook, “Since we all know that our Jen took us so early, we are her family. As a family, we must support and help each other during this sad time.
“May I ask anyone who can help and contribute anything they can or ask friends and co-workers to support our fundraising for our Jen. “
The Swansea Bay University Board of Health announced her death saying she was “well liked” by patients and colleagues.
A spokesperson said, “We are deeply saddened to report that one of our medical assistants who was being treated for COVID-19 has died.
“Jenelyn Carter worked in the admissions department at Morriston Hospital and was well liked by all of her colleagues and patients. “
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Mark Madams, nurse director of Morriston Hospital, said: “Jenelyn would go the extra mile for anyone and was a lovely caring person inside and out, with a heart of gold.
“We are devastated by his death and offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.”
Colleagues set up a GoFundMe for Jenelyn as she fought the virus, explaining that she was on a zero-hour contract and was not entitled to sick pay.
They wrote: “We ask for your help to support her financially during this difficult period because she has supported so many during her career.
“She is a wonderful girl and adored by her colleagues. “
A paramedic from the Northwest Ambulance Service died on Friday after spending “a considerable number of years” in the trust.
The paramedic, whose family asked not to be named, was married and had children.
Daren Mochrie, Director General of the North West Ambulance Service, said, “On behalf of all members of the North West Ambulance Service, including our patients and the communities we serve, I would like to present our sincere condolences to the family.
“We would also like to thank our colleagues at the NHS for their professionalism and the compassionate care they showed towards our friend. “
He added: “This will deeply affect many people within the Trust and we support our staff during this very sad time. “
At least 55 NHS workers have died after contracting Covid-19 – although the official death toll stands at 43, according to the latest Health Ministry figure.
More than 15,464 people have died in UK coronavirus hospitals.
But there are fears that the number of deaths will be much higher, government figures not currently including deaths in nursing homes, hospices or homes.
Their death comes when a nurse who has dedicated her life to others died from a coronavirus.
Barbara Sage, 68, has worked in palliative care for over 40 years and has spent the past 14 years working for Marie Curie.
This week, a mom who worked for the NHS for 30 years passed away after contracting a coronavirus.
Julianne Cadby, 49, has held several positions on her health board in Cardiff, Wales over the past three decades and was a “much loved” member of her team.
Earlier, it was revealed that a retired NHS nurse who worked on the front line fighting the coronavirus had died of the disease.
Andrew Treble, 57, died at Wrexham Maeler Hospital after working as a theater assistant in the midst of the Great Britain crisis.
Among other NHS doctors who died after contracting the virus, Lourdes Campbell, a medical assistant to the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, died Wednesday night after catching a coronavirus.
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