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Hope as first coronavirus intensive care patient discharged from King's Lynn hospital



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As the coronavirus lockdown enters its fourth week, people in West Norfolk have been given a message of hope from health professionals.

It came after the first patient to be taken into intensive care at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, having contracted the infection, was discharged over the Easter weekend.

The woman was clapped out of the hospital as she left to go home yesterday in a video shared on its social media feeds.

QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital (32572968)
QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital (32572968)

And she is now one of 52 people who have been discharged from the hospital after testing positive for the virus.

The video, which was posted on the hospital's Twitter account, came as it was confirmed that the number of people who have died after contracting the virus at the QEH had risen to 40.

Eight patients, four women and four men aged between 68 and 99, were confirmed to have died yesterday in the worst single daily update from the hospital since the crisis began.

Caroline Shaw, chief executive of Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Photo: Joshua Yates (16134287)
Caroline Shaw, chief executive of Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Photo: Joshua Yates (16134287)

Chief executive Caroline Shaw said: “Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones at this difficult time.”

She also thanked the public for their support of the lockdown restrictions in a social media video.

She said: “It’s making a huge difference to the demand on our services and the spread of Covid.”



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