Statement regarding the death of a staff member from COVID-19

Chris Long, Chief Executive of Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Adrian Cruttenden, an administrator within the medical records team at our organisation. Adrian died after falling ill and being admitted to Hull Royal Infirmary on 4th May. Tests confirmed the presence of COVID-19.

“Unfortunately, while in hospital, Adrian subsequently suffered a stroke from which he was unable to recover, and he sadly died on 27th May.

“Adrian joined Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 2015, working in various departments including A&E, the acute assessment unit and the acute medical unit at Hull Royal Infirmary before most recently joining the medical records team at Harrow Street. He was a really valued member of our team and his loss will be felt deeply by everyone who knew him.

“We will shortly be opening a Book of Condolence for our staff to share their memories and this will be presented to Adrian’s family in due course.

“We extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to everyone who loved Adrian, especially his family. We cannot begin to imagine the agony or the grief they are enduring and we will do everything we can to support them.

“Given the nature of the virus including the incubation period, it is not possible to say where he contracted the disease and any speculation would only intensify the grief of his family.

“Out of respect to Adrian’s family and our staff who worked alongside him, we would ask the media not approach them as they come to terms with the enormity of their loss.”