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King's Lynn hospital pauses to remember lost colleague during minute's silence for fallen key workers



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Staff at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital remembered one of their own this morning during a national minute's silence for key workers who have died during the coronavirus outbreak.

Scores of workers were joined by political leaders and others for the commemoration at 11am, which was observed just over a week since the death of QEH healthcare assistant Chrissie Emerson was announced.

Chief executive Caroline Shaw tweeted later: "Lovely to share the minutes silence with Chrissie’s family."

A minutes silence was observed at the QEH at 11am on Tuesday morning, remembering key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus.. (34083522)
A minutes silence was observed at the QEH at 11am on Tuesday morning, remembering key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus.. (34083522)

The silence was observed by a host of public bodies, including West Norfolk Council, whose most senior figures paid tribute to Chrissie and the other NHS workers in a joint message published on social media earlier.

Council leader Brian Long and chief executive Lorraine Gore wrote: "Our heartfelt and deepest condolences go to the family of Chrissie Emerson who was sadly taken too soon, losing her fight against this awful Coronavirus.

"Our thoughts also go to her colleagues who, like Chrissie, work on the frontline, putting their own lives at risk for the rest of us.

A minutes silence was observed at the QEH at 11am on Tuesday morning, remembering key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus.. (34083507)
A minutes silence was observed at the QEH at 11am on Tuesday morning, remembering key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus.. (34083507)

"We are incredibly proud of the work that NHS staff and all other essential workers are doing to keep us all safe, fed and well.

"Today's memorial to Chrissie and the national 1-minute's silence are an opportunity for us all to reflect on the work our colleagues do and the loss they have borne on our behalf."

Trust chairman Professor Steve Barnett addressed staff ahead of the silence, while North West Norfolk MP James Wild was also among those attending the event.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital CEO Caroline Shaw.. (34083518)
Queen Elizabeth Hospital CEO Caroline Shaw.. (34083518)
A minutes silence was observed at the QEH at 11am on Tuesday morning, remembering key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus.. (34083527)
A minutes silence was observed at the QEH at 11am on Tuesday morning, remembering key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus.. (34083527)
A minutes silence was observed at the QEH at 11am on Tuesday morning, remembering key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus.. (34083526)
A minutes silence was observed at the QEH at 11am on Tuesday morning, remembering key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus.. (34083526)
James Wild MP and QEH Deputy CEO Laura Skaife-Knight after the minutes silence was observed outside the hospital.. (34083528)
James Wild MP and QEH Deputy CEO Laura Skaife-Knight after the minutes silence was observed outside the hospital.. (34083528)
Trust Chairman Steve Barnett spoke before the minutes silence at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.. (34083341)
Trust Chairman Steve Barnett spoke before the minutes silence at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.. (34083341)


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