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NHS cardiac research nurse, 34, dies from coronavirus as colleagues pay tribute to ‘true gem’ who ‘lit up the room’

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NHS cardiac research nurse, 34, dies from coronavirus as colleagues pay tribute to ‘true gem’ who ‘lit up the room’

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NHS cardiac research nurse, 34, dies from coronavirus

An NHS nurse working in a Clinical Research Facility at St George’s Hospital in London has died of coronavirus, it has been confirmed.

Ken Lambatan, 34, worked at the hospital’s cardiac unit. He is the latest NHS front line worker to have died of Covid-19.

His death was announced a short time before the nation held a minute’s silence for health workers such as Mr Lambatan, who lose their lives to the killer disease.

Nurse Ken Lambatan, who was based at the cardiology department at St George’s Hospital in London is the latest NHS front line worker to have died of Covid-19

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Mr Lambatan’s death was announced shortly before the nation came to a halt for a minute’s silence to remember NHS staff who have lost their lives in the battle against Covid-19

Jacqueline Totterdell, Chief Executive of St George’s Hospital and Professor Jenny Higham, Principal of St George’s, University of London led tributes to their colleague.

In a statement released today, the pair wrote: “Everyone at St George’s is deeply saddened by the death of Ken, one of our cardiac research nurses.

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Ken was very popular with staff, and described as a “true gem” by those that knew him well. He was dedicated to his role as a research nurse here at St George’s, and was as popular with his patients as he was with colleagues.

Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues at this time.

At least 24,000 people in the UK have died after suffering confirmed or suspected Covid-19, new figures show.

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