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NHS staff member dies from Covid-19 at Blackpool Vic

A member of the NHS's domestic services team has sadly died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Eleutrio ‘BOY’ Gibela, worked at the Trust for almost 20 years, and was aged 68.

Kevin McGee, Chief Executive, Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “It is with deep regret and huge sadness that I share with you the devastating news that we have lost a friend and colleague to the terrible Covid-19 virus.

“Eleuterio was a valued, well respected member of the team who will be greatly missed by all of us and we send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Deborah and daughters Louella Anne and Kristiana.

“This is a terrible and poignant reminder of the situation we are facing every day to help others and I want to thank every member our staff for their continued care for our patients and community. Their continued courage and commitment to duty is inspirational and a comfort to us all in these difficult times.”

A message on behalf of the Critical Care team at the Trust who cared for Eleutrio, stated:  “It was a privilege to care for ‘Boy’ in his final weeks of life. We mourn his loss; he was one of our own. Sending our deepest condolences to you all in this time of grief. You are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Russell Blake, Managing Director, Hospitals and Senior Living for Medirest, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Eleuterio ‘Boy’ Gibela.

“He was highly valued and respected member of our team.

Eleuterio showed great dedication to his job and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Beverley Thistlethwaite, Contracts Manager for Medirest, and a colleague of Eleutrio, added: “The loss of Eleuterio Gibela has touched us all deeply, he will be sorely missed by all of his colleagues. He was a true gentleman, always smiling and happy and was dedicated to doing his duties.

“He often brought us in homemade snacks giving us a little taste of the Philippines cuisine and when he visited his home country, he brought little souvenirs back for the office team.

“To lose one of our own team is incredibly hard but we all feel very privileged to of known him, heaven has certainly gained a very special angel.”

A book of condolence has been placed in the chaplaincy at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and an online version has also been established set up here:  https://www.bfwh.nhs.uk/coronavirus-information/book-of-condolenc

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