Hospital porter, 55, dies after contracting coronavirus

Tributes have been paid to a hospital porter who died after contracting coronavirus.

Dad Andrew Woolhouse, 55, worked at Llandough Hospital and is the sixth member of staff at the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to have died since the start of the pandemic.

The health board’s chief executive Len Richards said Mr Woolhouse, who had worked at the Vale of Glamorgan hospital for five years, was “hardworking and well respected”.

He added: “It pains me deeply to have lost another colleague.

“[He] leaves behind his wife, Marianne, and daughters to whom he was devoted.”

He said Mr Woolhouse “often went the extra mile for our patients will be missed profoundly by everyone at Cardiff and Vale UHB.”

“Andrew will be remembered by all of us at the health board alongside the five other members of staff who we lost to this terrible disease: with great sadness and fondness in equal measure and an overwhelming sense of pride that we were able to call ourselves their colleagues,” he said.

He said falling rates of Covid-19 in Wales offered “some hope” but “events such as this pull the reality of the situation we are currently in back into sharp focus”.

“I am under no illusion about the intense level of pressure that everyone at the health board is under currently and although, tragically, we cannot bring anyone back, we must continue to lead by example to ensure that as few people as possible succumb to this disease going forward,” Mr Richards said.

“Finally, we must vaccinate as many people as possible so that they are protected against Covid. We owe it to the memories of all we have lost.”

Last week there was a huge spike in cases of people catching Covid-19 in hospitals in Cardiff and Vale health board.

The data showed that in the week ending January 17, a total of 101 people caught the virus when in hospital for other reasons.

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