Much-loved nurse who worked for more than 20 years dies with Covid

By Ruby Davies & Nisha Mal

An "extremely loved" nurse of more than 20 years has died with Covid.

Veronica Guy worked at Stafford's County Hospital and died this weekend, on Saturday, September 4.

The grandmother-of-three passed away at Royal Stoke University Hospital, the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) NHS Trust has confirmed.

She was devoted to her family, and leaves behind husband Colin, sons Lee and Craig, as well as her grandchildren.

Veronica worked as a healthcare assistant in Stafford for more than 26 years before training to be a nurse, Stoke on Trent Live reports.

Tracy Bullock, chief executive at UHNM said: "Veronica, known as Ronnie, had worked in the renal unit at County Hospital for more than 20 years and will be sadly missed.

"Our deepest sympathies are with her family at this very sad time and we thank them for her many years of service."

Sister Sally Davies says her colleague will be remembered for 'her sense of fun and vibrant personality'.

She said: "She was an advocate for her patients, having had a renal transplant herself and was able to share her lived experience with our patients.

"She had worked in Stafford for more than 26 years as a healthcare assistant first before training to be a nurse and was incredibly well known and extremely loved by her colleagues at County Hospital. We will miss her greatly."

Covid has already claimed the lives of a number of UHNM employees since the start of the pandemic. UHNM has already mourned the deaths of Royal Stoke nursing assistant Sylvia Tideswell, County Hospital nurse Patrick McManus, and Royal Stoke porters Mark Elliott and John Jackson. Staffordshire consultant Amged El-Hawrani and Leighton Hospital porter Brian Darlington have also lost their lives to Covid-19.

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