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Ken Lambatan - Picture: St George's
Staff at St George’s hospital in Tooting have paid tribute to a “popular” and “dedicated” nurse who has sadly passed away.
Kenneth Lambatan, 34, was a cardiac research nurse at the hospital.
According to reports on social media, he is thought to have passed away on Monday (April 27) after complications due to coronavirus, however the hospital cannot yet confirm the cause of his death.
Ken was based in the cardiology department at St George’s Hospital, but also worked closely with colleagues in the Clinical Research Facility – and had strong links with both the Trust, and St George’s, University of London.
This morning (April 28), the hospital issued a statement on behalf of Jacqueline Totterdell, chief executive, St George’s Hospital and Professor Jenny Higham, principal at St George’s, University of London. It read: “Everyone at St George’s is deeply saddened by the death of Ken, one of our cardiac research nurses.
“Ken was very popular with staff, and described as a ‘true gem’ by those that knew him well. He was dedicated to his role as a research nurse here at St George’s, and was as popular with his patients as he was with colleagues.
“Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues at this time.”
As of Monday 27 April 2020, 243 patients have sadly died at St George’s having tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19).
A statement on the trust’s website read: “Our thoughts are with the families of the patients affected – and, in all cases, we would ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”
Sian Bayley - Local Democracy Reporter
April 28, 2020