King's Lynn hospital healthcare assistant dies after contracting coronavirus
A healthcare assistant working at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital has died after testing positive for the coronavirus.
News of the death of Chrissie Emerson was announced a short time ago.
She is believed to be the first member of the hospital's staff to die after contracting the virus.
In a joint statement, trust chairman Professor Steve Barnett and chief executive Caroline Shaw said: “Everyone at QEH is today coming to terms with the devastating news that one of our own healthcare assistants has died after testing positive for COVID-19.
"The whole family at QEH is deeply saddened at losing Chrissie Emerson who was such a valued colleague, and much-loved wife to Michael and cherished mother and grandmother.
"We have been in touch with Chrissie’s family to extend our condolences on behalf of everyone at QEH and to offer appropriate support.
"We have informed our staff about this upsetting news and offered support to those who knew and worked closely with Chrissie.
"We have a range of support and counselling services available to our staff to support them during this incredibly difficult time during which we continue to focus on delivering safe care to our patients and maximising support for our staff who are working in conditions that are difficult and challenging for everyone.”