THE funeral cortege of a much-loved NHS worker who tragically died at 41 whilst working on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic was met with a round of applause today.

Staff at the University Hospital Wishaw paid tribute to one of their own, Kirsty Jones, recognising the work she did for the NHS for over two decades. 

The guard of honour was organised at the request of the family because so few people could attend the funeral given current restrictions on public gatherings. 

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Anne Leitch, chief of nursing services at University Hospital Wishaw, said: “This was a very fitting tribute to a much-loved colleague and friend.

"It gave staff the chance to pay their last respects and showed the family how highly regarded Kirsty was.” 

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Kirsty joined NHS Lanarkshire as a clinical support worker straight from school at the age of 17. 

She dedicated her whole working life to caring for patients and their relatives before her untimely death at the age of 41 from Covid-19 last month. 

Staff from the hospital and other emergency services lined the main road in the hospital grounds to clap their hands as the procession passed by. 

Anne added: “From everyone at the hospital, and across NHS Lanarkshire, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Kirsty’s family.” 

Kirsty is survived by husband Nigel and two sons Sam, 14, and Finlay, four.