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18 March 2020

Family of loving grandfather who died from COVD-19 thank ‘amazing’ hospital staff who went the extra mile

The daughters of loving father and grandfather Leonard Gibson, 78, who died yesterday after testing positive for COVID-19 have thanked the ‘amazing’ hospital staff who went the extra mile to care for their dad during his time at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

Leonard, who lived in sheltered accommodation in Oughtibridge, near Sheffield, had the lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and had finished a course of antibiotics after feeling unwell for a few days.

When his illness continued, he was admitted to the Northern General Hospital on Saturday where he was tested for COVID-19 and the result was positive. Despite staff doing all they could to care for Leonard, he passed away yesterday.

Lisa Broughton and Michelle Lenton, Leonard’s daughters, described their dad as "kind, loving, generous, crazy and fun loving - a jolly Irish man who made everyone smile".

They said: “We are very grateful to all the Northern General Hospital staff that helped our Dad during this difficult time, they dealt with us sensitively and efficiently and we felt constantly reassured by their kind words. We have nothing but praise for the NHS and our dad’s treatment especially the kindness that everyone showed us.

They really went the extra mile for dad and our family. For example when we could not be there in person, we rang lots of times to see how he was. Even though they were probably very busy, every member of staff took time to talk to us in detail but more importantly they made sure dad knew each time that we had phoned and that we had said we loved him. A small thing but so important to us at that time.”

Lisa and Michelle, also urged everyone to take the advice being given by Public Health England and the Government seriously and in particular to ‘take time to make sure those people who may be alone or more vulnerable are able to manage over the next few months.“

Lisa said: “At a time like this, community spirit, kindness and vigilance are more important than ever to make sure we get through this outbreak. Everyone should listen to the advice we are being given and take this seriously.”

Kirsten Major, Chief Executive, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:

“It is an absolute privilege to work alongside such an amazing group of people across all our hospitals, community health services and not forgetting the thousands of non clinical staff who are working tirelessly to support our front line colleagues delivering care. The outbreak of COVID -19 is an unprecedented situation nationally and there is not one person in the Trust who has not stepped up to the challenge. Their commitment to patients, services and the NHS is unquestionable. I would just ask people to be kind to those people who are trying their very best to do the right thing in a fast moving situation. Everyone can help us by doing simple things like regular handwashing, especially before coming to our hospitals or community services, don’t visit if you have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 or indeed have cold or flu like symptoms and take time to check on neighbours or other vulnerable people who may need your help.”



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