Tributes have been pouring in for a Stoke-on-Trent nurse who lost his fight against coronavirus.
The 60-year-old, who worked at Stafford’s County Hospital, had been cared for by his colleagues at the University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust in his final days.
He originally hailed from Ballymena in Northern Ireland but was living in Stoke-on-Trent with his loving wife Lena.
The County Hospital’s ward sister Jacquie Chell hailed Patrick – who was known as Paddy – as an accomplished nurse who was ‘like a book of knowledge’ and a ‘great friend’.
She said: “He was such a beautiful man inside and out, a tower of strength to all who worked with him. He always put everyone first before himself.
“Paddy was such an inspiration to everybody in the team and he also had multiple sclerosis but never let that get in the way of him doing what he loves.
“That was one reason why he was such an inspiration to everyone who knew him and why he is such a loved person.
“Paddy was like a book, he knew everything there was to know about nursing. He fought for what is right in all sorts of everyday life in nursing.
“He made us all laugh and put a smile on our faces.
“Paddy loved football, he was a big Celtic fan. He also loved motorbikes.
“All our hearts and thoughts go out to Lena and the family at such a hard time.”
UHNM chief executive Tracy Bullock revealed Paddy had been a nurse for 40 years before his death yesterday (April 19).
In a touching tribute, she said: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of staff has passed away due to COVID-19.
“Patrick McManus was an extremely well-liked and valued member of the nursing team at County Hospital, Stafford.
“He had been a nurse for more than 40 years and had worked at North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary prior to working in Stafford, where he had been for about 10 years.
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“He was a loveable character and brought kindness and compassion to all his patients which was acknowledged by the number of compliments and thank you messages he received.
“He was an exceptional leader and took staff and students under his wing. His big Irish personality will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues at UHNM.
“Our deepest sympathies are with his family at this very sad time and we thank him for his many years of invaluable service to the Trust, to his colleagues and to the patients and families he served.”
Dozens of friends took to social media after learning of Paddy’s death.
Des Dalton said: “I was deeply saddened to hear this morning of the death of Pat McManus.
“’Big Pat’ was a big man in every sense. Big in heart and courage. A loyal and dedicated gentleman who always put others first.
“As an NHS Nurse, despite his own underlying health issues, he put himself on the frontline in order to help others and to save lives.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and comrades. Proud to have known him and to call him comrade.”
Heartbroken friend Debbie Davis posted on Facebook: “Such a great man gone too soon, he was always there if you needed him will always have a place in my heart, thinking of his family at this time.”
And Jonathan Vining wrote: “Paddy was amazing earlier this year when my Dad was poorly on the ward.
“A true gentlemen and although I only met him a few times was clearly a very warm hearted and fantastically committed nurse.
“Rest in peace Paddy and thank you for all of your amazing work.”