Applause breaks out after minute’s silence at Arrowe Park

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Wirral emergency front-line workers paid tribute to NHS staff who have died in the battle against coronavirus today.

The nationally-observed one minute's silence was followed by a spontaneous round of applause outside Arrowe Park Hospital at 11am.

Footage of the tribute was captured by Globe reader Lisa Kwok, who had been at the hospital for an appointment.

But the New Brighton resident had extra special reason to be appreciative of the tribute after she contracted Covid-19 herself and had to spend five nights in Arrowe Park before making a full recovery.

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She said: "What an emotional thing to watch. They helped save my life. I'm forever grateful to Arrow Park Hospital.

"I have beat Covid-19 and I can't thank the NHS enough. The staff where amazing, from the paramedics to the domestic staff. Myself an my family can't thank them all enough."

So far 82 NHS staff are known to have died after testing positive for coronavirus.

NHS Chief People Officer Prerana Issar said that NHS England is considering how to formally commemorate all those who have died while working to care for others once the health service is through the peak of the virus.

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Health leaders are considering a range of ways to celebrate their lives, their dedication and their compassion and will work with families, loved ones and staff groups to find the most respectful and appropriate way to do so.

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