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New Queen Elizabeth Hospital outpatients unit in King's Lynn to be named in honour of staff member who died of Covid



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The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Lynn has tonight announced that a new outpatient unit is to be named in honour of a healthcare assistant who died of Covid last year.

The Emerson Unit was the name voted for by the public in an online poll that closed on Sunday.

The unit is due to open to patients in January 2022.

Chrissie Emerson, a healthcare assistant at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has died after contracting coronavirus (53273519)
Chrissie Emerson, a healthcare assistant at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has died after contracting coronavirus (53273519)

In a statement tonight announcing the result, the trust said the name will be a "tribute to a much loved and valued Team QEH colleague, Chrissie Emerson"

Denise Smith, chief operating officer at QEH, said: “I am really pleased there was so much support to name the unit from our local community and staff.

"Chrissie’s sad death impacted the whole QEH family, and we believe naming the unit in her memory is a fitting tribute to her. Chrissie is very much missed by us all.”

The new unit follows £20.6 million national emergency capital investment to enhance our facilities and experience for patients, their families and staff.

Chrissie Emerson's name was projected onto the side of Old Hunstanton Lighthouse.. (53273530)
Chrissie Emerson's name was projected onto the side of Old Hunstanton Lighthouse.. (53273530)

It will include a unit which will bring together outpatient services for urology, pain service, rheumatology, gynaecology, antenatal care, obstetric ultrasound and a day assessment unit for pregnant women.

The poll, which closed midnight Sunday, and had the endorsement of Chrissie’s family, saw Chrissie receive 40 per cent of the 1,241 votes received overall.

The other choices offered were the Duke of Edinburgh Unit, the Mountbatten Unit, Prince Philip Unit and the Holkham Unit.

Mrs Emerson was mourned by both the hospital and the wider community. At one time her name was projected on to Hunstanton's lighthouse as part of the Clap for Carers demonstration of support for the NHS.



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