“Incredible sadness” as second Aintree NHS worker dies

A second Aintree hospital worker, described as an "unsung hero" of the NHS, has died after contracting coronavirus.

Barbara Moore, 54, was a patient discharge planner who made sure patients were able to leave the hospital with the right support.

Her devastated family said in a statement: "Barbara was a much loved wife, mum, nan, sister, aunty, friend and beautiful person.

"Barbara dedicated her life to caring for others and doted on her two beautiful children and grandchildren.

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"She loved nothing more than spending precious time with her family. Barbara will be sadly missed by so many.”

A spokesman for Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Aintree, said: "It is with incredible sadness that the trust have today confirmed the death of one of their members of staff, Barbara Moore, aged 54, who had tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19).

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"Barbara, a patient discharge planner at Aintree University Hospital, passed away on Monday, 6 April, at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

"Barbara had joined the hospital team after spending most of her career as a care worker for people with disabilities."

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On Sunday Ms Brown, said: "Barbara’s loss is an awful blow to us all, and she will be missed so much by all of her colleagues.

It is something that has, at some point, touched all our lives.

From cradle to grave, the National Health Service, and the incredible professionals within it who care for us, is a part of British life.

Today, more than ever, we should cherish those who dedicate themselves to our care, heedless of their own health as they work tirelessly to care for people in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nurses and others – employed by the NHS and any other part of health and care – we have never needed them more.

So let’s show them some love, and create a living map of gratitude from every corner of Britain.

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Thanks a million, NHS workers – we love you.

"I have offered our sincere condolences and our support to her family at this time of their sad loss.

"Barbara was a patient discharge planner, which is one of our unsung hero roles.

"Many people don’t think about the work of patient discharge planners when they think of a hospital. But Barbara’s dedication to helping patients get safely out of hospital meant that people returned to their loved ones as soon and as simply as possible.

"She will be terribly missed.”

On Friday brave staff nurse Liz Glanister, 68, died after contracting coronavirus prompting a wave of tributes from friends and colleagues.

Aintree nurse Liz Ganister (centre), who died with coronavirus, alongside two of her colleagues

Chief Nurse at Aintree Hospital, Dianne Brown, confirmed the devastating news to the ECHO on Sunday.

She said: "It is with great sadness that I can confirm that Liz Glanister, a long-serving Staff Nurse at Aintree University Hospital, sadly passed away at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital on Friday after being tested positive for Covid-19.

“All our thoughts are with Liz’s family at this time and we offer them our sincere condolences. Liz will be sadly missed by all those who knew and worked with her."

At Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall and The Cunard Buildingthe Union flag was flown at half mast in honour of Liz.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: "

If you have been affected by any of the details mentioned in this story there are people who can help you.

Most people grieve when they lose something or someone important to them.

The way grief affects you depends on lots of things, including what kind of loss you have suffered, your upbringing, your beliefs or religion, your age, your relationships, and your physical and mental health.

Grieving is a totally normal process but there are way to get help if you need support.

Your GP is a good place to start. They can give you advice about other support services, refer you to a counsellor, or prescribe medication if needed.

Or you can contact support organisations directly, such as Cruse Bereavement Care (0808 808 1677) Samaritans (116 123) or Love Jasmine.

On Facebook, patients also paid tribute to Ms Glanister who helped them through their cancer treatments.

In one message, Anna Chulsaw said: "Liz was my chemo nurse, a beautiful soul.

"She will be a massive loss to her family and the NHS. xx"

While in another tribute, Shirley Peters said: "Oh my god, Liz was one of the nicest nurses you could meet. My mum had chemo and she looked after her.

"Thinking of all of her family and work colleagues as they are all a very close team."

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