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King's Lynn hospital nurse tells Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of coronavirus recovery




A member of nursing staff at Lynn's QEH told the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of his recovery from Covid-19 when they visited the hospital on Sunday.

Clinical nurse educator Sam Jude, who spent two weeks off work earlier in the year whilst isolating and battling the virus, met the Royal couple when they spent the afternoon at the hospital on Sunday – a day which marked the NHS' 72nd birthday, as well as the 40th year of the hospital.

Sam also told Prince William and Kate Middleton of his 'Team QEH family' who have supported him and his wife Blessy, who is also a staff nurse at the QEH – and who are originally from India – and their daughter Shekinah.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with QEH nursing staff couple Sam Jude and Blessy, and their daughter Shekinah. Picture: SUBMITTED. (38002019)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with QEH nursing staff couple Sam Jude and Blessy, and their daughter Shekinah. Picture: SUBMITTED. (38002019)

Sam has worked at the trust for four years in Acute Medicine, caring for short stay patients usually admitted straight from the Emergency Department (ED) and the Medical Assessment Unit (MAU).

Blessy and Shekinah also attended the celebrations, where the couple spoke to the Duke and Duchess of their battle with coronavirus, and the support they have received from their QEH family.

After their chat with the Royal couple, Sam said: “What just happened today is only now starting to sink in.

QEH nursing staff couple Sam Jude and Blessy, and their daughter Shekinah. Picture: SUBMITTED. (38002016)
QEH nursing staff couple Sam Jude and Blessy, and their daughter Shekinah. Picture: SUBMITTED. (38002016)

"I’m just so grateful right now – one, just to be alive to see all of this happening and to have fought Covid-19; two, for such a great Team QEH family; and three, for all the love and support from Terrington Short Stay team, Acute Medicine and beyond.

“Such a wonderful afternoon, etched in our minds forever. I will be telling my daughter stories from today with much pride and greatness in my heart. What a privilege. What an honour.

“I’d like to say thank you to my Team QEH family, our local friends, the Indian community in King’s Lynn and our church the King’s Centre, for all their support."

Sam was among the guests at the tea party, including nurses, operating department practitioners, members of the site team and directors.



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