Statement On Behalf of Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
This evening Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow has confirmed the death of one of their members of staff, Lynsay Coventry, aged 54, who had tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19).
Lynsay passed away on Thursday 2 April at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, and is the first serving NHS midwife in England whose death has been publicly confirmed.
Lance McCarthy, chief executive, The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, said:
“It is with great sadness that I confirm the death of Lynsay Coventry, 54, 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.
“Lynsay had tested positive for Covid-19 and died on Thursday (2 April). She followed national guidance and self-isolated at home when she developed symptoms, and was not at work in the time before her death.
“Our thoughts are with Lynsay’s family and friends at this sad time.”
Lynsay Coventry’s family said:
“As a family, our hearts are broken at the loss of our loving, wonderful and caring mum, sister, daughter and grandmother.
“We each know how much she loved and cherished us. Her love for us all was unfailing and her strength in the way she cared and supported us will fill our memories.
“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.
“We ask that our privacy is respected as we grieve together. We will not be releasing any other statements. Thank you.”
Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, chief midwifery officer for England, said:
“I was deeply moved and saddened to hear about the death of Lynsay Coventry.
“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.
“The outpouring of support for NHS staff as we respond to this outbreak has been extraordinary, but the best way for people to do their bit for midwives, nurses, doctors and other NHS staff is to help protect us by following the government’s advice to stay at home and save lives.”