Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Tributes paid after sudden death of student nurse

  • 3 Comments

Tributes are being paid to student nurse Lucy Blackburn, who died after experiencing a suspected epileptic seizure while on a clinical placement.

Ms Blackburn, 20, was studying adult nursing at the University of Chester and had just started her second year.

“She was a wonderful student who would have gone on to be an amazing staff nurse”

Karen Dawber

She was found collapsed by colleagues on Tuesday 1 December towards the end of her first shift at Warrington Hospital, according to reports.

Professor Annette McIntosh-Scott, executive dean of the university’s faculty of health and social care, and also provost of its Warrington campus, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

“A sudden death is always shocking, and when it is a young person, at the start of their career, it becomes even more poignant,” she said in a statement.

“Lucy Blackburn was a popular and well-respected second year, who was already showing promise in her studies and her clinical practice,” said Professor McIntosh-Scott.

She added: “Our students and staff at the Warrington campus and Warrington Hospital are particularly close-knit communities and have been offered help from both the university’s student support and guidance and chaplaincy teams.”

Karen Dawber, director of nursing and governance at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Warrington Hospital, also issued a statement paying tribute to Ms Blackburn.

“We are truly saddened by the sad and tragic death of Lucy,” she said. “She was a wonderful student who would have gone on to be an amazing staff nurse.

“Compassionate and caring, she touched the lives of everyone she met at the hospital. Our thoughts are with her family and friends,” added Ms Dawber.

Friends of Ms Blackburn have started a fund in her memory, which they plan to use to buy a minibus for nurses “to get to work safely”. Donations have already surpassed £8,000.

“Everyone who knew her knows how amazing caring and what a beautiful person she was,” they said on the fund’s web page.

  • 3 Comments

Readers' comments (3)

  • So sorry to hear this sad news. My prayers are with the family.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Upsetting news for someone in sure would have been an amazing nurse. Could the NMC / university make her an honoury RN ? Small token I know but fitting none the less
    RIP NURSR BLACKBURN

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • How sad. RIP student nurse; love and prayers to her family.
    xx

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.