Applause for first Scots NHS worker to die from coronavirus

Nurse Janice Graham died in hospital after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

NHS colleagues of a Scottish nurse who died from coronavirus have paid an emotional tribute.

District nurse Janice Graham, 58, became the first NHS worker to die from the virus in Scotland when she passed away on Monday.

A video posted on social media shows former colleagues at Inverclyde Royal Hospital holding a standing ovation in her memory.

The 45-second clip, accompanied by Mariah Carey ballad Hero, was posted on Twitter by union Unison.

It was posted alongside a message from the trade union, which said: “Unison would like to send our respect and sympathy to the friends and family of our nursing colleague and Unison member Janice Graham who tragically died from Covid-19. Another hero taken to soon.”

Friends described Janice as being “beautiful inside and out”.

And her son, Craig, told STV News that he would “miss everything about her”.

He said: “My mum was there for me no matter what. I will miss everything about her. I am so proud of her and there will not be a day that goes by that I will not think about her.”

Louise Long, chief officer of Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership, a joint operation between the NHS and council, said: “We are saddened to confirm a member of staff has passed away due to Covid-19. 

“Our thoughts are with Janice’s loved ones at this difficult time.

“Janice was a valued team member in our District Nursing and Evening Services team and brought kindness and compassion to patients and colleagues. 

“Her bright and engaging personality, and razor sharp wit will be sorely missed.

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