Tributes paid to ‘popular, well-respected and kind’ Eastbourne hospital worker who died of Covid

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
Tributes have been paid to a ‘popular, well-respected and kind’ housekeeping supervisor from Eastbourne DGH.

Michael Winchester was 51 and worked as a housekeeping supervisor at the DGH.

Mr Winchester passed away on January 31 after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

He had worked at the DGH for more than 16 years, joining the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in January 2005 as a rapid response cleaner.

Photo from East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust SUS-210902-122218001Photo from East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust SUS-210902-122218001
Photo from East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust SUS-210902-122218001

Mr Winchester developed his career within the team and was promoted to housekeeping team leader in 2011.

Tributes have been paid by many of his colleagues, with Mr Winchester being described as ‘one of the nicest and kindest gentlemen that you could ever meet’.

Joe Chadwick-Bell, chief executive officer, said, “The news of Michael’s death saddened us all, but it is especially difficult for his team who knew him as a bubbly, outgoing and caring member of the department.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“Our sincerest thoughts are with Michael’s loved ones at this sad time.”

Facilities manager Amanda Howell, said, “The housekeeping team at Eastbourne DGH are like a family and are devastated to have lost Michael.

“He was loved and respected by all. He was always calm, kind and caring and extremely supportive of his team. He was our gentle giant and a true gentleman.”

Michael’s wife Monica, wanted to pay tribute to the staff at the DGH’s critical care unit who cared for him.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

She said, “We are all overwhelmed with grief at the loss of our Michael to Covid-19.

“Michael was loved by so many, he will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was a gentle soul and so very caring to NHS colleagues.”

The trust’s chaplaincy and health and wellbeing teams are working with Michael’s colleagues to help them with any support they may need during this sad time.

A book of condolence has been opened at the DGH chapel.

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.