Memory of tragic Leeds nurse will live on in hospital

A training room has been unveiled in memory of a Leeds nurse who died in the accident and emergency department where he worked.

Colleagues of Steve Jones, 37, who died at Bradford Royal Infirmary following a fatal heart problem, raised money in his memory and a resource room in the basement of the AE department has been refurbished and renamed in his memory.

His two children Sam and Ellen, both from Guiseley, near Leeds, unveiled a special plaque in memory of their father at the opening ceremony.

Mr Jones's wife Julie, a palliative care nurse at Wheatfields Hospice, told the YEP: "It was a really emotional event and is just a massive tribute to Steve.

"It was part of his role – educating staff – and the fact that can continue in his name is absolutely fantastic.

"It is a real tribute to him and our children as well.

"It is very special and really shows how much Steve was thought of by the hospital and the staff."

Before his death in 2008 Mr Jones dreamt of seeing patient assessment machines installed in all of the cubicles in his department.

Members of the nursing team rallied around Mr Jones's family in a bid to help make his final dream come true.

His colleagues have already raised almost 13,000 for the special trust fund which was set up his name.

Last year nurses and doctors from the department posed for a tongue-in-cheek calendar which was shot on the set of ITV's hit show The Royal.

They donned period costumes and struck cheeky poses to help raise more money in memory of Mr Jones.

Mrs Jones will be lacing up her running shoes next year as part of her aim to raise around 76,000 in memory of her husband.

Mrs Jones, who had been married to her husband for around 13 years, will be tackling the Chester Marathon in October alongside one of her close friends.

A&E matron and Mr Jones's best friend Terry Wood said that it was a fitting tribute to Mr Jones. He added: "Steve loved to work in this room, spending hours and hours training colleagues and staff from around the organisation."

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