Northamptonshire nurse with four young children tragically dies from Covid-19

Augustine was 'dedicated' to his family

By Kate Cronin
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 5:24 pm
Augustine leaves four young children
Augustine leaves four young children

A nurse who worked with patients with learning disabilities for Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT), has died following treatment for Covid-19.

Augustine Agyei-Mensah leaves behind his four children and his wife following his tragic death.

In a statement tonight, his family said: “Augustine was a caring husband and loving father to four children. We are devastated by his loss. He was a dedicated, hard-working and proud NHS worker who will be missed by all who knew him.”

A Ghanaian national who was said to be proud of his heritage, Augustine was described this evening as a 'highly-regarded team member' who had worked at NHFT since 2014.

Colleagues held a two minute silence today (Thursday, May 7) and a book of condolence has been opened in tribute to Augustine.

There is also a Just Giving page set up by colleagues in aid of his devastated family.

Augustine qualified in 2013 from the University of Hertfordshire, with a dual Learning Disability Nurse and Social Work degree. In his career Augustine worked closely with NHFT's speech and language therapist and psychology colleagues to support service users with a variety of complex cognitive and sensory needs.

A statement from the trust said Augustine - known at work as Gus - always recognised that as a clinician he had an opportunity to support service users in making positive changes.

Angela Hillery, Chief Executive, said: “Our hearts break today for Augustine’s wife and young family. We remain committed to supporting them through this time.

“Augustine epitomised what we stand for here at NHFT. He was committed to making a difference and giving people a second chance.

“Augustine cared for some of the most vulnerable in our society; lives have been transformed because of him.”

Prior to commencing his clinical training, Augustine worked in customer services for Southwest Trains from 2003 to 2007.

Public Health England recently announced they would conduct a rapid review into whether Covid-19 has had an adverse effect on the black, Asian and minority ethnic population.

Augustine is the second known health setting worker to die with Covid-19 in the county. In April, Joanna Klenczon who worked at NGH for ten years died of the virus.

In response to comment about the safety measures in place for staff members, NHFT told the Northants Telegraph: "NHFT is in line with all national guidance on PPE, service and visiting restrictions and other guidance and procedures implemented to keep staff and patients safe."

NHFT is one of the county's largest employers. It's 5,000 staff offer more than 100 services in the county including mental health, community nursing, sexual health and physiotherapy.

No details about the place or time of Augustine's death have been released by NHFT.