It is with great sadness that we announce the death of a Swansea dental nurse who was being treated in the intensive care unit at Morriston Hospital.
Linnette Cruz, aged 51, had been admitted last month with COVID-19. She passed away on 14th April.
Linnette was senior head nurse at the Brynteg dental practice in Sketty. She leaves a husband, Jeonardy, a son, Jeonard, a sister, Rose, and her parents.
Linnette trained in the Philippines and came to Swansea a number of years ago. She qualified as a dental surgery assistant whilst working for Kee Dental Care and Parkway Clinic. She joined Brynteg as an extended duty dental nurse before rising to senior head nurse.
Brynteg practice owner Nik Patel, said her friends and colleagues were devastated by her death. He said: “She brought love, light and joy to everyone around her and will be sadly missed by all.”
Karl Bishop, dental director for Swansea Bay University Health Board said:
“Linnette’s death is deeply upsetting to her family, friends and colleagues and all our thoughts are with them. She was a highly committed and caring dental nurse, respected by her colleagues, patients and the communities in which she worked.
“Any death to COVID-19 is a very sad event, and where it affects a healthcare professional it is particularly upsetting.
“The health board will provide all necessary support to the practice and staff during this difficult time.”