Royal Berkshire Hospital bosses have confirmed the death of another frontline staff member during the Covid-19 battle.

Colleagues have paid tribute to Julie Edward, a nurse at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, who worked at the hospital since 2017.

It is understood she passed away earlier this month having tested positive for coronavirus, according to sources of the Chronicle. Although this has not been confirmed by the hospital due to patient confidentiality.

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The trust's chief executive and other colleagues have paid tribute and praised her wealth of experience and dedication to the job.

RBH chief executive Steve McManus, said: “We are deeply saddened to report the death of nurse Julie Edward who had worked at the Trust since 2017.

"She was a much loved and valued colleague and touched on the lives of many who worked alongside her at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

"Her kindness and dedication to her job and patients was clear and she will be very sadly missed.

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“We have sent our sincere condolences to Julie’s family and offered them every support  at this very difficult time.”

It comes after the death of Dr Peter Tun, 62, who was also working on the frontline at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

He died on April 13 having contracted the virus, and a 'serious incident investigation' has since been launched by the Trust after his family claimed it was due to the lack of PPE.