St Richard’s staff applaud another patient to recover from COVID-19

Monday May 18, 2020

“I shouldn’t be here!” said 79-year-old Trevor Tupper OBE after the care of Western Sussex staff saved his life.

Chichester’s former deputy mayor received rousing applause from dozens of staff as he left St Richard’s on Tuesday following his recovery from COVID-19 after two months as an inpatient. “Thanks to this amazing team, I will be able to celebrate my 80th birthday in a few months’ time!” he added.

Mr Tupper was admitted on 16 March and spent two weeks in an induced coma in ITU before being transferred to Ashling ward, where his tenacity for life inspired his care team.

The staff were all fantastic

HCA Jessica Peters said: “Mr Tupper is an inspiration to all of us on Ashling ward. He was very seriously ill but astonishingly is now walking, talking, eating and drinking.”

Mr Tupper, who is now back with his family, wished to say a huge thank you to all the staff who looked after him and saved his life. It was a true multidisciplinary effort including the critical care team, Ashling ward team, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, dieticians, physician associates, pharmacists and the critical care outreach team.

“I am missing everyone already,” he added. And the special applause he enjoyed as he was wheeled along the corridors on his way out of the hospital is memory he will treasure forever. “Seeing so many friendly, smiling faces clapping away as I was leaving filled me with gratitude and pride,” he said. “The staff were all fantastic, and the food was great too!”

To date, 214 patients have been discharged from our hospitals after being successfully treated for Covid-19.

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