By Jasmin Gray
A “hard-working” and “hugely popular” NHS nurse has died in Kent after testing positive for Covid-19.
Mum-of-three Aimee O’Rourke died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Margate – where she had worked – on Thursday night.
The 39-year-old had joined the hospital’s acute medical unit as a newly-qualified nurse in 2017.
Paying tribute to O’Rourke, ward manager Julie Gammon said the whole team had been devastated by her death.
“She was such a kind and caring nurse, and she had a really special relationship with her patients and colleagues,” Gammon said.
“Nursing was something she had always wanted to do, although she came to it relatively late after raising her girls.
“She took some time out to care for her mum after she was diagnosed with cancer and she was determined to return and to make her mum proud.
“Aimee was a really valuable part of our work family and would always offer to help if she could. She was really growing and developing in her skills and confidence and I know she would have gone on to have a great career.”
Meanwhile Susan Acott, chief executive of East Kent Hospitals, described O’Rourke as “hard-working, dedicated and hugely popular with staff and patients alike”.
“She gave her all to care for our patients and her commitment was evident for all to see.
“On behalf of the whole trust I would like to offer our sincere condolences to her girls, whom she adored, and to all her family and friends.”
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