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Right Arrow Tribute to Eric Chew, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, 1/6/1952 – 3/8/2004 - PR/20/0405
03 September 2004 at 13:45
Staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust were saddened to learn of the death of a valued colleague when the Director of Nursing and Midwifery Eric Chew died on Tuesday 3rd August at Queenscourt Hospice. He had been battling liver cancer for the last twelve months.

Eric Wai Keong Chew was born in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia on 1 June 1952. He qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1978 and in 1980 as a Registered Mental Nurse. In 1989 he became one of the first to gain a Masters Degree in Nursing.

Eric joined Southport & Formby District General Hospital on his birthday in 1990 as Executive director of Nursing later taking on the additional role of Executive director Medical Clinical Services.

Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive of the Trust said, “Eric was a colleague and a friend for fourteen years. Many of the nursing practice developments and the expansion of general medical services in the Trust could be personally attributed to Eric's drive, determination and exemplary standards. He was someone who made a real difference to the lives of patients and staff and he will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all of us."

Throughout his career he maintained a keen interest in the development of Nursing Practice and Research and established strong links with local education, encouraging staff to expand their knowledge and skills in providing patient care. He set up a regional benchmarking group to look at the quality of service provided to patients, visiting other countries in pursuit of ideas to improve quality of service in the Trust.

Eric was instrumental in setting up open days for the public and was a keen advocate of patient involvement groups.

He leaves a partner, Alison; three children Emma, Ben and Becky; and a wife, Fiona.

Notes to Editors
Photo of Eric Chew is attached.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714