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Tributes paid to NHS midwife who died from coronavirus 

Tributes have been paid to a midwife who died on Thursday after contracting coronavirus. 

Lynsay Coventry, aged 54, had worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. Her death was confirmed by the trust late on Sunday. 

Ms Coventry is the first serving NHS midwife in England whose death has been publicly confirmed, the trust said.  

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust chief executive Lance McCarthy said Ms Coventry was a ‘long-standing’ staff member who will be ‘remembered for her professionalism and commitment’.  

He continued: ‘Lynsay has been a midwife at PAHT for ten years and her loss will be felt by the maternity team and colleagues from across the organisation.’ 

‘Our thoughts are with Lynsay’s family and friends at this sad time,’ he added.  

In a statement, Ms Coventry’s family said they know how proud she was to be an NHS midwife. 

They said: ‘As a family, our hearts are broken at the loss of our loving, wonderful and caring mum, sister, daughter and grandmother.’ 

They continued: ‘What we also know is how proud she was to be an NHS midwife. Lynsay followed her dream and trained as a midwife later in life.  

‘It was a role she committed herself to and saw the midwifery team at the Princess Alexandra Hospital as her other family,’ they added. 

‘She was a very well-respected midwife who supported many hundreds of women as they welcomed their babies into the world.’ 

Chief midwifery officer for England Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent said: ‘I was deeply moved and saddened to hear about the death of Lynsay Coventry’. 

She continued: ‘Lynsay was clearly a highly regarded midwife whose dedication to women, babies and their families will be remembered and cherished by her own family and her colleagues - my deepest thoughts are with them, her children, grandchildren, parents and sibling.’