Coronavirus: Queen Alexandra Hospital staff observe minute silence for colleagues and workers who have died
STAFF at the city’s hospital observed a minute’s silence as part of a national tribute to key workers who have died in the coronavirus outbreak.
A short service was held by lead chaplain Dawn Bunting at Queen Alexandra Hospital this morning following the minute silence to honour those on the front line, including NHS employees, health and social care staff and other key workers who have died, following a campaign from Unison, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal of College of Nursing.
More than 100 NHS and social care workers are now known to have died in the UK, according to analysis by the PA news agency.
Chief nurse for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Liz Rix said: ‘It was really important for us to be part of the minute silence across the country
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for all NHS and care workers who have lost their lives during this pandemic.
‘We all feel that every time we lose somebody whether it is a patient or whether it is a member of staff, anywhere across the country, we feel that so it was really important for us to be able to show our respect and we had a lovely service here for a few of us [and we were] socially distanced.
‘Throughout the whole hospital you could hear people joining in with an applause as has been the tradition in the last few weeks to thank everybody who is giving their time to care for those who are effected by the pandemic but also giving thanks to our community who have been so supportive.
‘We have had some difficult times but all the way through this we have felt that love and support and it makes us see that we are making a difference to our patients.’
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