Essex

Colchester Hospital given monitors paid for by nurse's estate

Sarah Siggers
Image caption Sarah Siggers was immensely popular, a former colleague said

The family of an Essex nurse who died has donated equipment paid for by her estate to the Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) where she worked.

Deputy sister Sarah Siggers, of Colchester, died aged 30 in September 2010, when cancer spread to her liver.

She had told relatives there was a lack of oxygen saturation monitors at Colchester General's EAU and insisted her estate should be used to buy some.

On Thursday, her mother and sister presented six monitors, worth £5,000.

The equipment is of regular use on the unit to monitor the amount of oxygen in patients' blood.

Christine Hardy, of Colchester, and 29-year-old Kerry Hardy presented the equipment to Ms Siggers' former colleagues.

Mrs Hardy said: "Sarah really enjoyed helping people and absolutely loved her job.

"She said there were never enough sats monitors on the unit and insisted money from her estate was used to buy one for every bay."

EAU charge nurse Darren Evans, who worked with Ms Siggers for five years, said she was always caring, professional and completely dedicated to patients and their relatives.

"As a nurse, she was a role model and also the kindest person you could ever meet.

"She was immensely popular and had a special quality which meant she had a calming effect on all patients."

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