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Tributes paid to staff nurse who died in car crash near Bude

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

Tributes have been paid to Sasha Stewart, who died in a crash near Bude

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Tributes have been paid to a woman who died in a crash on the A39 near Bude yesterday morning.

Sasha Stewart was a staff nurse at North Devon Hospital and her colleagues say she has left an "irreplaceable hole" in the ward she worked on.

Emergency services discovered a Vauxhall Corsa which had left the road and landed upside down in a field in the Eastacott Cross area at around 1.10am.

A driver in her 20s sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The hospital said Sasha was on her way home from work when the crash happened.

Andrea Bell, Fortescue Ward manager, paid tribute to Sasha.

She said: “Sasha was a true advocate of the nursing profession. She was compassionate, caring and kind to all she came into contact with.

“Sasha had not worked on the ward for very long but had become a very much loved member of the nursing team. She was of a sweet and kind nature and is already sorely missed.

“Her absence has left an irreplaceable hole in our ward family. Our thoughts are with her family at this tragic time.”

Sasha trained as a student nurse at the Trust over the past three years.

She completed her final placement on Fortescue Ward and began her rotation placement as a Band 5 nurse on the ward in November 2013.

The Trust board and all staff said they extended their deepest condolences to the family at this sad time.

The A39 was still closed at the junctions for Morwenstow, Eastcott and Bradworthy at 10am this morning while investigations took place, but the road has now reopened.

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  • Tony248  |  March 16 2014, 1:00AM

    Well, there you go. Another scammer. Quelle surprise. They always seem to concentrate on the most tragic stories, thanks to the TOTAL INCOMPETENCE of the people running this website. USELESS.

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  • Joannah  |  March 15 2014, 5:19PM

    There are double implications where health workers are doing ridiculous shifts (which all nurses doing 12 hour shifts which are in effect 13 hour shifts are doing) as they are both a danger to others on the road and a danger to patients. The management who find such shifts convenient are putting us all in danger. They should be abolished.

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  • Sanders1  |  March 15 2014, 1:50PM

    It's not just health workers - many shift workers in all parts of modern life are travelling huge distances to work - the cost of housing and the necessity of staying living with family make it almost inevitable that this will increase.

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  • Joannah  |  March 15 2014, 12:47PM

    That road is lethal in many parts but a few points might be worth thinking about before yet another accident happens. Last year a young teacher was killed on it going to work in Barnstaple. It is not a good commuting road. The nurse killed was going home at 1.10 in the morning. Was this after the usual nursing shift of 12 hours? Such a day is far too long particularly with a long journey to and fro but this what many nurses are doing. To be asked is why such long commutes along dangerous roads are necessary. Is it a case of getting a job anywhere one is available and then being unable to live nearer? Or are there too many short term or bank contracts which make moving inadvisable. A few years ago a doctor commuting long distance to Barnstaple hospital and also in a hurry was involved in an accident which resulted in someone being killed and another severely injured and him going to jail. I recently heard of a health worker commuting from Weymouth to Exeter (!). Aren't there some questions crying out to be asked? - particularly where health workers are concerned who are already working too long hours. It's difficult to see how they can function with such hours - which is dangerous for all of us.

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