Tributes have been paid to a “selfless” nurse and union representative who died after testing positive for Covid-19.
Andy Collier was a nurse practitioner at Hollins Park Hospital in Warrington, which provides support and treatment for people with mental health issues and learning disabilities and is part of North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
“He was very down to earth, fair and selfless”
Mr Collier became seriously ill on 31 March and was admitted to the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan where he died on 15 April with his wife Carol by his bedside.
Colleagues described him as an exceptional nurse who always put patients and fellow staff first.
Many knew him in his role as a union representative for Unite.
“It was a role he was very proud of as it allowed him to support and stand up for other people in their times of difficulty,” said the trust.
Mr Collier’s manager Rob Kelly, ward manager for Marlowe Unit – a low-secure inpatient service for male patients – was among those who paid tribute to him.
“Andy was all about putting other people first – whether that was patients on the ward or his colleagues across the trust,” said Mr Kelly.
“He was very down to earth, fair and selfless. I will remember him as a team player and someone who was passionate about bringing people together on our team development days to improve our environment for staff and patients,” he added.
Mr Kelly said patients were also full of praise for Mr Collier and said he was “always approachable and helped them however he could”.
“The team has raised a few virtual glasses to Andy and we will miss him massively,” he added.
Outside work, Mr Collier was a father and ran The First and Last pub in Leigh with his wife. He played rugby for Wigan and later for Leigh and also golfed at Leigh Golf Club.
Simon Barber, chief executive at North West Boroughs Healthcare, said his thoughts were with Mr Collier’s family.
“I would like to express my gratitude to Andy for all he did for our patients and staff. It is clear he was a very dedicated and compassionate man,” he said.
To commemorate the nursing staff who have lost their lives during the pandemic, Nursing Times has created a dedicated memorial page, which can be viewed here.
Top image credit: Issued by North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust