An Australian nurse who worked at Guy’s Hospital in central London has been named as one of the victims who died in the terror attack that took place in the capital at the weekend.
Kirsty Boden, 28, worked as a staff nurse in theatres recovery at the hospital, run by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
“As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life”
She died after trying to help others who had been injured in the attack at London Bridge on Saturday night, according to a BBC report of a statement issued by her family.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ chief nurse today paid tribute to Ms Boden, saying she was an “outstanding nurse” and a “hugely valued member of the staff team”.
The statement issued by Ms Boden’s family said: “Kirsty was loved and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend. She was the most outgoing, kind and generous person who loved to help people. Helping people was what she loved to do in her job as a nurse and in her daily life.
“Kirsty..always went the extra mile for the patients in her care”
“As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life,” it added.
“We are so proud of Kirsty’s brave actions which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was, not only on that night, but throughout all of her life. Kirsty - we love you and we will miss you dearly.
“We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister.”
Guy’s and St Thomas’ chief nurse, Dame Eileen Sills, said Ms Boden “always went the extra mile for the patients in her care”.
“I cannot put into words how sad I am that we have lost one of our own,” said Dame Eileen.
“Our thoughts at this time are with her family, her loved ones and our staff who have lost a dear friend and colleague,” she added.
The trust said it was offering support to staff affected by the events.
“As with the Westminster Bridge incident, our staff responded with courage and tremendous professionalism following the horrific events of Saturday night. We are extremely proud of them,” added the trust’s chief executive, Amanda Pritchard.
“Kirsty truly epitomised the values of nursing, of public service and the compassion”
Professor Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, said: “I am deeply saddened to hear that Kirsty Boden has been named as a victim of Saturday’s terrorist atrocity. My thoughts are with Kirsty’s family and friends, as well as her colleagues at Guy’s Hospital and the rest of the trust, through this unimaginably difficult time.
“The people responsible for this heinous act showed a callous and indiscriminate disregard for human life. In contrast, Kirsty truly epitomised the values of nursing, of public service and the compassion we associate with the NHS,” she said in a statement.
“It’s really important that the hospitals are able to prioritise caring for their patients and staff, and I would urge everyone to respect this over the coming days,” she added.
The Royal College of Nursing’s London branch also offered its condolences. “We have learned that RCN member Kirsty Boden, a nurse from Australia working in theatre recovery at Guy’s Hospital, was among those killed in the events on London Bridge on Saturday night,” said its director Bernell Bussue.
“We offer our deepest condolences to Kirsty’s friends, family, colleagues and those who knew her in the wider nursing community across the world,” he said. “It has become clear that, as the attack unfolded, Kirsty put others before herself and ran towards the danger in order to be able to help those who had been injured.
“Her colleagues have described her as a hugely valued member of the team, and it was characteristic of her to go the extra mile for those she was caring for. The actions of Kirsty and many others like her in London and Manchester serve to remind us how brave, selfless and dedicated all our emergency service personnel are,” said Mr Bussue.
He added: “Our thoughts are with Kirsty and her family following their tragic loss, and with all the other families who have lost loved ones, and we pray for the swift recovery of those who have been injured.”
“We are devastated to hear the NHS has lost one of its own”
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: “We are devastated to hear the NHS has lost one of its own. Our thoughts go out to everyone who knew Kirsty Boden, a nurse who worked at Guy’s Hospital in London, now confirmed as one of Saturday’s victims.
“It is truly humbling that bright, hard-working people like Kirsty were brave enough to run towards danger in aid of victims lying helpless on the bridge following such a barbaric attack,” he said.
“Together with the other emergency services, NHS staff have responded swiftly and with the professionalism for which they are renowned to a major incident and are providing the treatment, care and support that is needed,” he said. “It shows once again that the high esteem in which the health service is held by the public is well placed.”
Jackie Smith, Nursing and Midwifery Council chief executive and registrar, added: “My thoughts and the thoughts of everyone at the NMC go out to the family of nurse Kirsty Boden who so tragically died following the appalling events that unfolded at London Bridge on Saturday evening.
“My thoughts are also with the many other victims and their families who have been affected by this terrible incident,” said Ms Smith.
“As ever, our gratitude must go to the emergency services and healthcare professionals, including nurses who go above and beyond the call of duty in caring for those caught up in these tragic events,” she said.
“Her courage and selflessness reflect all that is best about the NHS”
Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents health service organisations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said: “From across the health service, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by Saturday’s horrific attack.
“The NHS family will also be paying a special tribute to one of its own – Kirsty Boden, a nurse who worked at Guy’s was killed after running towards danger to help victims lying helplessly on the road,” he said. “Her courage and selflessness reflect all that is best about the NHS and will not be forgotten.
“Once again, frontline NHS responders, professionals, managers and the whole range of NHS staff, together with the other emergency services, acted quickly and effectively to provide the treatment and care that was needed. In terrible circumstances the professionalism of individuals and teams, as well as the evidence of good planning, has shone through,” he added.
Statement issued on 6 June on behalf of the family of Kirsty Boden
Updated: Tributes pour in for nurse killed in terror attack
“Kirsty was loved and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend. She was the most outgoing, kind and generous person who loved to help people. Helping people was what she loved to do in her job as a nurse and in her daily life.
“As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life. We are so proud of Kirsty’s brave actions which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was, not only on that night, but throughout all of her life. Kirsty – we love you and we will miss you dearly.
“We will not be making any further comments on this tragedy and ask everyone, especially the media, to give us the privacy we need to grieve away from the public eye.”