Family 'humbled' as Edinburgh hospital staff pay touching tribute to colleague

Hospital staff said an emotional goodbye to much-loved staff member Jane Murphy as her funeral cortege stopped at the ERI’s A&E department where she worked.

Jane Murphy who died on Thursday April 16 of suspected coronavirus worked as a clinical support worker in Edinburgh for over 30-years.

The 73-year-old’s funeral took place at 10 am on Thursday at Mortonhall.

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Moving pictures as funeral cortege passes A&E
The funeral cortege of NHS worker Jane Murphy passes the Accident and Emergency department at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.

The funeral cortege drove from her Mayfield home to the A&E where staff turned out in their hundreds to to pay their respects.

Dozens gathered in the hospital corridors to say goodbye to their colleague who was affectionately known as ‘Ma Murphy’.

Jane’s youngest son Stephen, who also works as a clinical support worker in A&E said he was moved by how many people came to pay tribute to his mother.

He said: "Thank you to everyone who attended outside the Emergency Department.

Jane Murphy died on 16 April

“The family are very humbled with the turnout and the service was fantastic. So a thank you to everyone."

The tragic death of Jane has been felt by many around the capital and further afield with tributes from across the country pouring into the Edinburgh Evening New Facebook page.

Hundreds of comments have been left thanking the healthcare worker for her dedication over years of public service, many more offering condolences to her family.

Writing on an Edinburgh Evening News Facebook post Trevor Jay Giles said: “RIP let the angels above take care of you now for all the care you gave here on earth.”

The funeral cortege of NHS worker Jane Murphy passes the Accident and Emergency department at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.

Liz Keddie, meanwhile, wrote: “Such a sad loss. A great person who dedicated her all to A&E RIP Jane x.”

Tributes from those who remember her from their time in the hospital have also paid tribute.

Susan Burgoyne wrote: “Always my favourite when visiting the royal, always said hello how are you, may she rest in peace.”

It is thought that a memorial garden in Jane's honour is set to be created within the hospital grounds.