A receptionist at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital has sadly passed away after contracting COVID-19.
Tributes paid to NHS hospital receptionist after she dies from COVID-19: Val Stimson, who was 62-years-old, was described in tributes as a “passionate” great-grandmother who loved her job. She had been helping out as the hospital came under pressure from the pandemic by handing out masks to people at the front door and also managing the traffic control for the COVID teams. She died on Tuesday after only testing positive the previous week.
Chief executive of the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Susan Acott, said that Ms Stimson was a “real character who will never be forgotten” and went on to say “We are all deeply saddened to lose one of our trust family and our heartfelt condolences go to Val’s family, friends and colleagues. She truly went above and beyond to support her team, the wider trust and our patients, and was quick to volunteer when there was a task that needed doing.” Her daughter, Tina Bass, said “Mum was passionate about working for the NHS, and really liked the fact she could help people.
She was strong-minded until the end and didn’t let on how ill she was. We were so proud of her. She made me as strong as she was. She was outspoken but we loved her for it, and we took it for granted that she would always be there.”
Ms Stimson has previously worked in banking before joining the hospital in 2018. She leaves behind two daughters, Tina and Kelly, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Tina went on to say “She was not a conventional gran but she was a fantastic one and she really loved the children.
She cared so much about other people; she was always worrying about her neighbour, and had a real drive to help people. We are heartbroken – she has left a big hole in our family that can never be filled
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