A HERO nurse who once posed on a hospital ward with Boris Johnson has died from coronavirus.
Sara Trollope, 51, was just months away from retiring when she contracted the killer bug.
The tragic news of her death comes after Matt Hancock announced that 19 NHS staff had died during the outbreak.
The Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust paid tribute to Sara – and her death comes as six other hospital workers sadly died.
A spokesperson for the Trust confirmed that Sara was a well-respected and long-standing staff member in Hillingdon, and a matron for older adult mental health services.
Paying tribute, they said she “worked tirelessly with dedication, commitment and passion for older adult patients, always striving for best care and outcomes”.
Meanwhile, a hero nurse who came out of retirement to join the NHS frontline has also lost his life.
Grandfather Gareth Roberts, 63, was described as a “much-loved and dedicated” member of the health team working at a number of hospitals around Cardiff.
He is the second confirmed health worker in Wales to die following a Covid-19 diagnosis after leading heart surgeon Jitendra Rathod died on Monday.
Gareth worked for the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board since the 1980s, which confirmed that he passed away at the neighbour Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.
It follows the news of the tragic death of Leilani Dayrit, 47, who passed away from suspected coronavirus after displaying symptoms while at work.
Mrs Dayrit’s daughter told the BBC her mum died on Tuesday, and that she was “selfless until the very end”.
Birmingham care home nurse Elsie Sazuze also died on Tuesday after showing symptoms of the virus.
Ann Mansell, owner of the nursing home where Elsie worked, said the mother-of-two was a “well-liked, well-respected and hardworking nurse”, the Express & Star reported.
So far, thousands of pounds have been raised for her funeral costs by childhood friend William Fungatira.
The NHS trust also today confirmed the death of Julie Omar – a highly experienced trauma and orthopaedics nurse who had most recently been working as a sister at Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital in Worcestershire.
In a message to colleagues, Trust chief executive Matthew Hopkins said the 52-year-old would be remembered as “a much-loved member of our nursing team”.
He added: “Julie, who was just 52, had been self-isolating at home after developing symptoms of Covid-19, but sadly her condition deteriorated and she died at home yesterday (Friday) morning.”
It was also announced earlier that two porters at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford had tragically died of the coronavirus.
The two men worked as porters at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, according to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Tributes have already been paid by colleagues to the two heroic porters.
An Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said: “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the deaths of two members of staff, both of whom were porters at the John Radcliffe Hospital and both married to members of our nursing teams.
“Both men were popular and hard-working members of our fantastic team of porters at the John Radcliffe Hospital. They will be sorely missed by their colleagues as well as family and friends in the wider community.
“Our thoughts are with their wives and families as well as their close colleagues. The families have asked that their privacy be respected at this very sad time.
It comes after the government has faced criticism regarding a lack of protective equipment being provided to NHS staff.
Yesterday, Home Secretary Priti Patel said she is “sorry if people feel there have been PPE failings” following the deaths of frontline NHS staff.
Stories have emerged of nurses forced to share protective equipment despite being on the frontline of the pandemic.
There have also been reports of exhausted medics forced to cut up hospital curtains to make makeshift gowns due to a lack of protective clothing, and others snapped wearing rubbish bags around the bodies and mouths.
The news comes as the coronavirus death toll in the UK rose to 9,875 yesterday.
That is a leap of 917 in the last 24 hours up from yesterday’s total of 8,958 as the country remains in lockdown battling against the virus.
On Friday, Britain’s coronavirus death toll jumped by 980 in 24 hours – making it the biggest rise yet and more deadly than Spain’s worst day of their outbreak (961).