Healthcare assistant’s death a ‘poignant reminder’ of coronavirus crisis

A healthcare assistant who has been working at the Royal Blackburn Hospital for the past eight years has died after contracting Covid-19.

Cristina Baldwin died on November 25 and chief executive of the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said her death was a “terrible and poignant reminder of the situation we are facing every day”.

Kevin McGee said: “Cristina was a valued and popular member of staff who, with a colourful character, worked tirelessly to provide the best care she could for our patients.

“She will be greatly missed by us and we send our heartfelt condolences to her husband Garry, daughter Kelly and family.

“This is a terrible and poignant reminder of the situation we are facing every day to help others and I want to thank every member of staff for their continued care for our patients and community.

“Their continued courage and commitment to duty is inspirational and a comfort to us all in these difficult times.”

At least 201 frontline healthcare workers have died with Covid-19. However, the figure is likely to be higher, with a number of names not yet in the public domain.

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