Nurses lined the halls to pay respects following the passing of a "highly regarded" midwife.
As a tribute to a much-loved colleague, nurses at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex, "united in grief", lined the corridors and bowed their heads.
NHS Harlow and The Princess Alexandra Hospital confirmed that PAHT midwife Lynsay Coventry, 54, sadly died on Thursday 2nd April after contracting COVID-19 and self-isolating at home.
Lynsay passed away at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust and is the first serving NHS midwife in England whose death has been publicly confirmed.
It is with great sadness that we share the sad news of the death of PAHT midwife Lynsey Coventry, who had tested positive for COVID-19. Our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time. https://t.co/JZAi7FkWZn— The Princess Alexandra Hospital (@NHSHarlow) April 5, 2020
In a touching tribute on Facebook, fellow midwife, Rachel Marchant' wrote: "We stand apart to minimise spread but stand together in mourning the loss of our midwife".
Speaking of Lynsay's passing, Lance McCarthy, Chief Executive at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, said: "[Lynsay was] a long-standing member of our maternity team who will be remembered for her professionalism and commitment to the women she supported".
“Lynsay has been a midwife at PAHT for ten years and her loss will be felt by the maternity team and colleagues from across the organisation".
“Our thoughts are with Lynsay’s family and friends at this sad time".
Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Chief Midwifery Officer for England, said:
Lynsay was clearly a highly regarded midwife whose dedication to women, babies and their families will be remembered and cherished by her own family and her colleagues - my deepest thoughts are with them, her children, grandchildren, parents and sibling."
In a tribute to her, family of Lynsay Coventry said:
“What we also know is how proud she was to be an NHS midwife. Lynsay followed her dream and trained as a midwife later in life. It was a role she committed herself to and saw the midwifery team at the Princess Alexandra Hospital as her other family".
"She was a very well-respected midwife who supported many hundreds of women as they welcomed their babies into the world".
Lynsay's family have also asked that "our privacy is respected as we grieve together" and will not be releasing any further statements at this time.
At present, three nurses, five doctors and two healthcare assistants have passed in the UK after contracting the virus.
4,934 people have sadly died from coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK according to the latest figures from the Department of Health and Social Care.
UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) testing in the UK:— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) April 5, 2020
As of 9am 5 April, a total of 195,524 people have been tested of which 47,806 tested positive.
As of 5pm on 4 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 4,934 have sadly died. pic.twitter.com/98ExiiaYBb