Tributes to ambulance service assistant who has died from Covid-19

Moving tributes have been paid to a Patient Transport Service Care Assistant based in Oldham who has sadly died in hospital from coronavirus.

North West Ambulance Service say Phil Rennie, who leaves behind his wife Karen and son Adam - "touched many people's lives during his career offering comfort and care to those in need". 

Phil (pictured) passed away on Sunday (May 10) in Fairfield General Hospital. 

A statement from Chief Executive, Daren Mochrie, said: "It is with great sadness I share the news that North West Ambulance Service has lost a dear friend and colleague who contracted COVID-19.

"Phil Rennie, Patient Transport Service Care Assistant based in Oldham, sadly passed away on Sunday, 10 May, in Fairfield General Hospital.

"Phil leaves his wife, Karen, son, Adam, and extended family. He has been part of the NWAS family since 2015 and has dedicated his career to serving the public, previously working in local authority and public services.

"Phil was extremely proud to work for NWAS, offering comfort and care to those in need. Our role is a privileged one, we meet people at their most vulnerable and I am sure there are many people whose lives were touched by Phil during his career.

"We have been supporting Phil’s family during this terrible time and they are in the thoughts of everyone here at NWAS – our deepest sympathies go out to them. Phil will be sorely missed by us all.

"I would like to thank our hospital colleagues in Fairfield General Hospital for their care, compassion and professionalism while caring for our friend and I know they will also feel the loss of a colleague from the NHS family.

"We are supporting our staff, particularly those who worked closely with Phil, as I know this will deeply affect them all."

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