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Inquest into King's Lynn hospital worker adjourned



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An inquest into the death of the only member of staff at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital from Covid has been adjourned to allow management to answer concerns by her family at the circumstances that led to her death.

Chrissie Emerson, aged 64, of Terrington St Clement, was a health care assistant at the QEH.

She died in April 2020 from the virus after being admitted to A&E.

Chrissie Emerson, a healthcare assistant at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has died after contracting coronavirus (54375575)
Chrissie Emerson, a healthcare assistant at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has died after contracting coronavirus (54375575)

The inquest heard that the family felt her medical history meant she was at a high risk of catching Covid and questioned why the hospital put her in danger.

The coroner, Jacqueline Lake, decided to adjourn the inquest this afternoon while the points were put to the hospital management.

These were that after being of the health risks of Mrs Emerson, in March, why wasn’t she told not to come to work, rather than just being advised not to come in and as she had a temperature and was sent home on April 7, why was a Covid test not taken by QEH and also by her GP?

Mrs Emerson, a mother-of-six, has been commemorated at the hospital by having an outpatients unit named after her.

After today's hearing Caroline Shaw, chief executive of the hospital trust, issued a statement which said: “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.”



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