In a joint statement, Caroline Shaw, CEO, and Professor Steve Barnett, Chairman, at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn, 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.”
Please note, we have been asked to speak on behalf of Chrissie’s family and will not be giving out any further information. The media are asked to respect the wishes of the family, and the interests of staff at the hospital to avoid any disruption to operational services.