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A tribute to Andrew Woodcock

A tribute to Andrew Woodcock

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Andrew Woodcock from our Royal Derby Hospital ED family has died.

Andrew, known as Andy, or Splinter to his friends, passed away on 3 January with his colleagues at his side.

He had worked at UHDB for 26 years and within the Emergency Department for 19 years after starting his journey at the DRI as a HCA then progressing to become an AP. He recently spent time training up new HCAs and other staff within ED, always taking people under his wing and sharing his years of knowledge and skills with them.

His work family meant the world to Andy, often referring to colleagues as his work wife, brother and sister. He always went above and beyond to make sure his colleagues felt supported and able to open up to him. He was always at social events and camping trips providing his cheeky smile and dry sense of humour.

The void he has left will be felt for many years and forever he will be remembered as the kindest most pleasant colleague, friend and family member to all he met. His dedication to patients, especially the elderly, and staff was something to be admired.

Andy's colleagues said: “Our friend Splinter, your ED family miss you, it will seem very strange not seeing you around the department and it will be even stranger not hearing your laugh. We are all forever grateful for the way you have touched our lives. Thank you and in typical Splinter style ‘sleep well mate’.”

Andrew's family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.