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Colleagues pay tribute to charge nurse following his ‘sudden and tragic’ death

Staff at Wythenshawe Hospital set up a fundraising appeal for the family of Julian Lewis
Julian Lewis, charge nurse at Wythenshawe Hospital Picture: JustGiving

Staff at Wythenshawe Hospital set up a fundraising appeal for the family of Julian Lewis

Tributes have poured in for charge nurse Julian Lewis, who died suddenly on Sunday.

Mr Lewis' death represents a great loss to the nursing profession, his hospital's chief executive said.

Colleagues in the emergency department of Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester have now set up an appeal to raise money for his family .

Mr Lewis had worked at Wythenshawe since 2016.

He will be sorely missed and never forgotten

In a statement on their JustGiving appeal page, his

Staff at Wythenshawe Hospital set up a fundraising appeal for the family of Julian Lewis

 JustGiving
Julian Lewis dedicated his life to serving the people of his country, his friends said  Picture: JustGiving

Tributes have poured in for charge nurse Julian Lewis, who died suddenly on Sunday.

Mr Lewis' death represents a great loss to the nursing profession, his hospital's chief executive said.

Colleagues in the emergency department of Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester have now set up an appeal to raise money for his family.

Mr Lewis had worked at Wythenshawe since 2016.


‘He will be sorely missed and never forgotten’

In a statement on their JustGiving appeal page, his colleagues say: ‘We suddenly and tragically lost one of our kin.’

They describe him as ‘a man who dedicated his life to serving the people of his country through the military and the NHS, doing so with positivity, enthusiasm and motivation. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten by his Wythenshawe A&E family.’

Several of Mr Lewis’ colleagues posted tributes to him on Twitter.

Extremely sad news. Charge Nurse Julian Lewis - our friend and colleague, has died. He was an amazing person and will be missed greatly by all of us. Please keep his family in your thoughts. pic.twitter.com/puwuhlWBCp

— Emergency Department @ MFT (@EmergencyDepar2) August 18, 2020

Julian was an amazing nurse who stayed calm under pressure- he was as cool as cucumber and infinitly more. His prescene in our team is already being missed and will be for a long time to come. Proud of my ED family this week because this week we truly are! X

— Karen (@KarriPops) August 18, 2020

So sorry to hear this sad news today. I trained with Julian and was inspired by his dedication and calm approach to nursing. This is a great loss to the profession. My thoughts to to his friends, family and colleagues at this difficult time.

— Hermione Jackson (@HermioneMidwife) August 19, 2020

compassionate, skilled and experienced charge nurse

Wythenshawe chief executive Mandy Bailey said the hospital was sad to learn of Mr Lewis’ death.

Ms Bailey described Mr Lewis as compassionate, skilled and an experienced charge nurse who was selfless, thoughtful, and funny.

‘Julian was extremely well thought of and [his death] is a great loss to our team at Wythenshawe and to the nursing profession; he will be sadly missed,” she added.

‘Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family.’

Where to get support

  • If you are struggling to cope with the death of a colleague, charity Cruse Bereavement Care can offer help and advice. Cruse's new resources section includes articles on grief, funerals and coping as a front-line worker. Its freephone helpline (0808 808 1677) is open seven days a week and live chat is open 9am–9pm Monday to Friday
  • NHS staff can access a free, confidential bereavement support line, operated by Hospice UK. The number is 0300 303 4434 and it is open 8am-8pm seven days a week
  • RCN members can get free, confidential support to deal with challenging emotional issues, whether work related or personal. To make an appointment, call 0345 772 6100

 


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