Statement from Chief Executive Chris Long regarding the third death of a member of staff

Communications TeamNews

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

“It is with the deepest regret that I have to announce the death of Nicola Diles. Nicola was diagnosed with Covid-19 and died in our Intensive Care Unit at Hull Royal Infirmary on 15 November 2020.

“We send heartfelt condolences to Nicola’s family, friends, workmates and everyone who loved her.

“Nicola became a part of the Hull University Teaching Hospitals family when she permanently joined the trust in 2016 and she worked as an admin assistant supporting the dietetic team based at Castle Hill Hospital. Prior to that she worked in a variety of agency administration roles across the trust, hence many more staff and patients will have had the honour of knowing her. Nicola was a highly valued member of the team and we are very grateful for her years of service to the people of Hull and East Yorkshire.

“Nicola’s death is a terrible reminder that Covid-19 continues to devastate our staff and our wider community. She is the third member of our team to die following the deaths of Adrian Cruttenden and Rich Albufera in the past few months and we feel the pain of the loss of all three.

“A Book of Condolence for colleagues to pay tribute to Nicola will shortly be shared among our staff.

“We will continue to support Nicola’s family and ask the media to respect their privacy as they come to terms with their terrible loss. We would ask that the privacy of Nicola’s friends and workmates is also respected.”