A ‘DEDICATED, kind and compassionate’ nurse who was working on the frontline at Worcestershire Royal Hospital has died of suspected coronavirus.

Jodon Gait, a healthcare assistant at the hospital, is thought to have died after contracting Covid-19. Tributes have poured in for the 46-year-old.

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A nurse who worked closely with Mr Gait, said: “Losing a member of our team to Covid-19 is absolutely heartbreaking. I still can’t quite believe it. We see people battle it everyday and it never gets easier and now it has taken a colleague.

“Rest in peace, Jodon. You were always so kind, caring and compassionate to each of your patients. You will be missed by us all.”

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The chief of Worcestershire's hospitals trust said Mr Gait was "much-loved" among staff.

Matthew Hopkins, chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “It is with great sorrow that I have to share the sad news that a much-loved member of our nursing team – Jodon Gait – has died.

“Jodon was a dedicated and highly experienced health care assistant who had been with us for just over 12 months, working on the Medical Short Stay Unit at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“Colleagues who worked most closely with him describe Jodon as a dedicated, passionate, caring colleague, a quirky character who always put patients at the centre of everything he did, delivering fantastic quality of care to his patients and who had a great sense of humour who will be massively missed by all of the team.”

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Rachel Cox, who also worked with Mr Gait, said: “I will never forget your kind face, so friendly and pure.

"You always helped me with the residents when I asked, you were so kind to them. Covid-19 took you. It is so unfair and not right.

"God bless, Jodon, and goodnight. I will miss our laughs. You will never be forgotten.”