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.
It is with regret and sadness that we share the news that we have lost a friend and colleague, Cristina Baldwin. She will be greatly missed and we send our heartfelt condolences to her family.
— East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (@ELHT_NHS) November 27, 2020
“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.