NHS staff on frontline of Covid will be honoured at St Paul's service

NHS staff who were on frontline of Covid battle will honoured at St Paul’s Cathedral commemoration service next month

  • The service on Monday, July 5, will celebrate the NHS’s 73rd anniversary 
  •  Those invited include Dr Ashley Price, who treated the first UK Covid-19 patients
  •  The service comes after generous Daily Mail readers helped raise £2.3million

NHS staff on the frontline against Covid will be at the heart of a commemoration service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

The service on Monday, July 5, will celebrate the NHS’s 73rd anniversary and will recognise the dedication of workers who helped fight the virus. 

Those invited include Dr Ashley Price, who treated the first coronavirus patients in the UK, and May Parsons who administered the first vaccine outside of a trial.

NHS staff on the frontline against Covid will be at the heart of a commemoration service at St Paul’s Cathedral

Dr Perpetual Uke, a rheumatology consultant from Birmingham who gave birth to twins while in a coma with Covid, will also attend. 

The service at St Paul’s comes after generous Daily Mail readers helped raise £2.3million for the Remember Me national memorial to Covid victims at the cathedral.

Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: ‘This service is an opportunity for the whole country to reflect on the toll the virus has taken since the start of the pandemic, and give thanks to the nurses, doctors, therapists, paramedics and countless other NHS staff, other key workers and everyone else including all those members of the public who played their full part.’

Led by the Very Reverend Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s, and the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, the service will recognise the dedication of those who have played their part in combating coronavirus.

Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, who developed the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine, and Professor Sir Peter Horby, who helped run the NHS trial which found the first effective treatment for Covid-19, dexamethasone, will be among those attending.

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