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Colleagues pay tribute to Bristol nurse who died after contracting COVID-19

Emergency nurse described as an ‘important part of so many people’s journeys’
Nurse Rob Healey, who has died with COVID-19

Emergency nurse described as an important part of so many peoples journeys

Emergency nurse Rob Healey, who died after testing positive for COVID-19, has been remembered by his colleagues as everything a nurse should be.

Mr Healey, who worked at Southmead Hospital, part of North Bristol NHS Trust, returned to the emergency department this year after a period working in clinical research.

Colleague was everything a nurse should be

Emergency department matron Anna Bell described Mr Healey as a true gentleman who always had a smile, and someone who had an immense impact on his colleagues.

He was such an important part of so many peoples journeys,

Emergency nurse described as an ‘important part of so many people’s journeys’

Emergency nurse Rob Healey, who has died with COVID-19
Southmead Hospital emergency nurse Rob Healey died after contracting COVID-19

Emergency nurse Rob Healey, who died after testing positive for COVID-19, has been remembered by his colleagues as ‘everything a nurse should be’.

Mr Healey, who worked at Southmead Hospital, part of North Bristol NHS Trust, returned to the emergency department this year after a period working in clinical research.

Colleague was ‘everything a nurse should be’

Emergency department matron Anna Bell described Mr Healey as a true gentleman who always had a smile, and someone who had an immense impact on his colleagues.

‘He was such an important part of so many people’s journeys,’ she said. ‘Rob was overwhelmingly lovely, a magnificent man. He was everything a nurse should be.’

A mentor to other nurses

The trust’s chief executive Andrea Young also paid tribute to Mr Healey, who had worked at the trust for 20 years.

‘Rob was involved in mentoring other nurses and many within our hospital benefited from the role he played in their nursing journey and will feel his loss,’ she said.

‘I know all our staff will be thinking of Rob’s long-term partner Colin and his family and friends, and send our best wishes to them at this time.’

Colin, Mr Healey’s partner of almost 25 years, said he has been overwhelmed by messages of support since his death.

‘I had no idea he was so popular and well thought of,’ he said. ‘The comments have helped me cope.’


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