David Carter, CEO, Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is with extreme regret that I confirm the sad news that we have lost another of our colleagues, Graham Thorne, who passed away at Bedford Hospital over the weekend.
“Graham worked at Bedford Hospital for four years as a Maintenance Craftsman and was a well-respected member of our Estates Team.
“Graham fell ill at the end of March and self-isolated. A few days later his condition worsened and he was admitted to Bedford Hospital, where he tested positive for Covid-19.
“Graham was a quiet and friendly member of the team who was incredibly diligent at his work and who will be greatly missed.
“We are saddened to lose another much loved member of the Bedfordshire Hospitals family and our thoughts and condolences are with Graham’s family and colleagues at this incredibly sad time. We ask that the family’s privacy is respected at this time.”
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.