Today, we are very sorry to share the news that one of our colleagues, Ken Lambatan, has sadly died. Ken was under the care of St George’s until very recently, and passed away in hospital on Monday.
As some of you will know, Ken was a cardiac research nurse at St George’s, who joined the Trust from Kingston Hospital just last year. He was based in the cardiology department at St George's, but also worked closely with colleagues in the Clinical Research Facility - so had a strong links with both the Trust and the University.
The loss of a colleague is always difficult, but we know the events of the last few weeks – and the enormous strain this has put on all of you – will make today’s news particularly upsetting. We are here for you, and please do reach out for support if you need it.
We asked Ken’s colleagues to briefly share some of their memories of him. They described him as a ‘true gem’ who was friendly and approachable, both of which are key skills for staff working closely with patients involved in research, and clinical trials.
They also described Ken as someone who was always keen and willing to help; as a person who saw the true value of research in healthcare; and, above all else, an individual who was conscientious, and kind. Outside of work, he loved socialising, and had many friends.
Ken was originally from the Philippines, before moving to and settling in the UK. Many staff working in the Trust originate from the Philippines, and news of Ken’s death will hit them particularly hard, so they will need our collective support.
Prior to joining St George’s Ken worked at Kingston Hospital, where former colleagues are – like many of you – deeply upset this week by the news of his death.
Our cardiology colleagues, and staff based in the CRF, have already been informed about Ken’s death and we know you will all support them as best as you can over the coming days and weeks.
We have issued today’s message jointly, given Ken’s role and links with both the Trust and the University. We have also shared this message with the consent of Ken’s family, and our collective thoughts are with them at this incredibly difficult time.
Jacqueline Totterdell, Chief Executive, St George’s Hospital
Professor Jenny Higham, Principal, St George’s, University of London
There will be a minute's silence at 11am today across the UK to remember key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus.