South Wales Central Coroner’s Court heard Mrs David was sent home on March 31st, and was later admitted to the same hospital six days later.
Dominga David, 62, died a month and a half after being sent home from University Hospital Llandough, the NHS hospital she worked at for 16 years.
NHS nurse Dominga David, 62, died at University Hospital Llandough, South Wales, a month and half after being sent home from work
Coroner’s Assistant Lauren Howitt told the hearing Mrs David had been “sitting with a surgical patient” who later tested positive for Covid-19, before testing positive herself.
An NHS nurse with coronavirus died after sitting next to a patient who later tested positive for Covid-19, an inquest heard.
Mrs David was admitted to LLandough with a cough, fever and muscle pain and died in the intensive care unit on May 26th.
“She had been sitting with a surgical patient who later tested positive for Covid-19.
“She was usually fit and well. She was sent home on March 31 as she had a temperature.
She said: “Mrs David had been a nurse for many years and was working on ward West 5 of Llandough Hospital.
A post-mortem examination wasn’t carried out but LLandough hospital consultants provided a provisional cause of death as ischemic bowel, Covid-19 and hypertension.
“She developed further symptoms and was admitted to the University Hospital Llandough with a cough, fever and myalgia.”
The full inquest was adjourned for June 16th 2021 at 1pm, and Mr Hughes offered his sympathies to Mrs David’s family and friends.
Coroner Graeme Hughes said full inquest would take place as there was “reason to suspect that her death may be related to her employment.”
The inquest heard a CT scan was carried out on May 25th, the day before Mrs David died, and clinicians felt her condition was “unsurvivable”.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said the “exceptionally hard worker” had died after testing positive for Covid-19.
“She has been an integral part of ward life on West 5 in University Hospital Llandough since 2004 and will be remembered as an exceptionally hard worker and a respectful, kind and compassionate person when interacting with patients, families and colleagues alike.
“She was part of the ward family and was well-loved by everyone. She is survived by her son Renzie, to whom we send our deepest condolences.”
A spokesman said Mrs David joined the health board in 2004 when she came to the UK from the Philippines to begin a nursing adaptation programme.