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Media statement: Barclay Mason

Lance McCarthy, chief executive, at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT), said:

“It is with great sadness that I confirm the death of Barclay Mason, 56, a member of our emergency department team who will be remembered for his commitment to patient care, his kindness and as a valued friend and colleague to many at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

“Barclay has been a senior charge nurse at the hospital for over 20 years and his loss will be felt by the many colleagues from across PAHT and the East of England ambulance service who worked with him.

“Barclay had been recently cared for by the PAHT team for COVID-19.

“Our thoughts are with Barclay’s family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.”

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Family statement: Barclay Mason

We are also releasing a statement today on behalf of Barclay Mason’s family and close friends:

“The sadness we feel is more than words can express. The most amazing man in our life, father to our children, has died. Originally from New Zealand, Barclay had worked as a nurse for the NHS for many years. He leaves behind committed colleagues and friends who are shocked but who continue to go to work every day with compassion and care for their patients, just as Barclay did.

“Colleagues and friends from the PAH Emergency Department and East of England Ambulance Service will hold a special place in our hearts as they were Barclay’s UK family.

“Barclay was originally from New Zealand and we would like to share this Maori blessing,

Scattered by the wind

Cleansed by the rain

Uplifted by the sun

All doubts are

Lifted away

All restraints are cast off

Fly free, o spirit

Fly to the realms of the heavens

Uplifted by the sun

All doubts are

Lifted away

All restraints are cast off.

“We ask that our privacy is respected as we grieve together. We will not be releasing any other statements.

Thank you.”

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Notes to editors

We would remind media outlets that we have a duty of care and privacy to both patients and colleagues in terms of respecting the wishes of their family.

Our statement and the statement of the family is the only information that we will be sharing.

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.