Hospital worker, 57, dies alone in self-isolation after 'catching coronavirus'

Utterly heartbreaking. RIP Thomas

4/1/2020 1:30:00 AM

Utterly heartbreaking. RIP Thomas

Thomas Harvey devoted his life to the NHS for 20 years before he died at home on Sunday.

‘Thomas leaves behind his wife of 22 years, 7 children and 3 grandchildren. ‘Thomas Harvey leaves behind seven children, three grandchildren, and a wife of 22 years (Picture: GoFundMe)Thousands have already been donated to the fundraiser, which was set up to help Thomas’ family pay for a funeral. They are currently unable to make arrangements for his send off as they must self-isolate until they find out if he tested positive for Covid-19.

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Margaret claimed Thomas was not given personal protective equipment (PPE) at work before coming down with a cough, shortness of breath, weakness, and aches and pains all over his body.Thomas was self-isolating in a room downstairs away from his family after falling ill on March 14th, when his health deteriorated rapidly, she said.

Paramedics had attend his property days before his death, but did not take him to hospital as he did not have a temperature – one of the main symptoms of Covid-19.A fundraiser has been set up for Thomas to help his family pay for a funeral (Picture: GoFundme)

Margaret told Mirror Online: ‘This is not an old man, he was 57. He should have been taken into hospital and been looked after. Everybody has different symptoms.‘What made it worse was dying at home where Thomas and his family had memories together.Advertisement

Advertisement‘If Thomas had died in hospital it would have been a lot easier. To have him at home, to see him at home suffering and the brutal way he died at home… I don’t know if they will ever recover from that.’The government has said it is rolling out millions of PPE this week, amid complaints of shortages from hospitals across the country.

Thomas’ friends and family claim he did not have personal protective equipment when he treated a patient with coronavirus (Picture: Getty)The Department of Health said they do not comment on individual cases.Chief executive of the North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) that manages Goodmayes hospital, Professor Oliver Shanley OBE, paid tribute to the late staff member.

He said: ‘It is with deep regret that we share with you that we have sadly lost a dear and valued colleague who had COVID 19.‘Thomas Harvey, a healthcare assistant, sadly passed away at home on Sunday 29 March. Thomas was a longstanding dedicated member of our intermediate care team. This is a huge loss to both NELFT and the wider NHS.

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‘I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Thomas’s family, friends and work colleagues. We are ensuring they are supported through this difficult time and I would like to thank colleagues for the professionalism and compassion they have shown.’

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RIP... So sad 😭 RIP 🙏 Thank you for your service nhs “Stay at home (and die), protect the NHS and save lives” jckato RIP this has happened a few times now! if you know someone who is self isolating check up on them as much as possible! RIP ... How awful . ❤️ & 🙏🏻 to all your family, friends & colleagues & patients ... Life is so times like this your faith is tested. xxxxx

R.I.P Thomas, we thank you for your selfless service and are saddened. Rest in peace 🙏🏽 Thank you for your dedication to public service Thomas, RIP

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