DEVASTATED nurses will remember one of their own during the nationwide ‘Clap for our NHS’ this week as they remember a Malvern colleague who died after developing coronavirus symptoms.
Julie Omar, a nurse at Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital, had been self-isolating at her home, but her condition deteriorated and she died there on Friday (April 10).
Colleagues will remember the much-loved 52-year-old during the inspiring coming together of all walks of life at 8pm tomorrow (Thursday) with a poignant tribute at the Redditch site.
In a video statement Trust chief executive Matthew Hopkins paid tribute to Mrs Omar, a sister on Ward 14, who was married with one daughter.
He praised her as a ‘much loved member of our nurse team’, describing her as a ‘dedicated and highly experienced skilled trauma and orthopaedic nurse’ and said how much he enjoyed chatting to her on his visits to the Alex.
The news came as Worcestershire prepared to reach 100 deaths from COVID-19 with 99 deaths so far in the county as the Observer went to press yesterday (Tuesday).
The Trust said the patients whose deaths have been announced so far were aged between 41 and 98.
In his statement addressed to staff at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Mr Hopkins added: “I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continuing and great efforts to make sure we can meet the needs of the growing number of patients within our hospitals with Covid-19.”
He said he recognised staff concerns about the need for personal protective equipment and said the Trust was working with a number of suppliers – including the Army – to ensure staff had proper protection.