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UK News Cyclist killed in Edinburgh van crash was medic volunteering in ICU during coronavirus crisis

21:20  29 june  2020
21:20  29 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

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a man smiling for the camera: James Harrison was a lead research nurse in cardiology at NHS Lothian © Bobby Gavin via Scottish Athletics James Harrison was a lead research nurse in cardiology at NHS Lothian

A medic who volunteered in an intensive care unit during the coronavirus pandemic died after he was hit while cycling.

James Harrison, 36, was hit by a van in Edinburgh as he rode his bike just before 9am last Thursday.

The dad-of-two, died from his injuries following the crash at a crossroads.

He was a lead research nurse in cardiology at NHS Lothian and recently volunteered in an intensive care unit to support the Covid-19 response.

Professor Alex McMahon, NHS Lothian's executive director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Healthcare Professionals, said: "It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our colleague James Harrison.

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"James was a much loved and well respected member of the NHS Lothian team working as a lead research nurse in cardiology.

a car driving down a street: The incident happened at Mount Vernon Road on Thursday © Google Maps The incident happened at Mount Vernon Road on Thursday

"In recent months, James volunteered in our intensive care unit to support the Covid-19 response, demonstrating his enduring commitment, compassion and determination to support both patients and staff.

"James will be truly missed by all the colleagues he worked alongside, and by the wider research community here in Lothian and across Scotland.

"From everyone at NHS Lothian, we offer our heartfelt condolences to the Harrison family.

"Our thoughts are with James's wife and two young children at this truly difficult time.

Mr Harrison was also an official for Scottish Athletics and an athlete and team manager at Corstorphine AAC.

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A tribute shared on the Scottish Athletics official Facebook page on Sunday read: "All at Scottish Athletics were shocked and saddened to learn of a tragic bike accident in Edinburgh which led to one of our officials, James Harrison, being killed.

"The incident happened early on Thursday.

"Corstorphine AAC athlete and team manager, James was one of our up-and-coming Start Team members and his mother, Annette, is another member of that team.

"We send our deepest condolences to his wife, Dr Rowan Harrison, their two young children and all the rest of the family as well as his friends in athletics and beyond."

David Arnott, President of the Cortstorphine Athletics Club, paid a glowing tribute to Mr Harrison.

He said: "It's a real tragedy for the whole club - James's passing will leave an impossible hole to fill.

"Not only was he a fantastic mentor and support to the young athletes, he was a great and well respected friend to everyone at the club.

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"Last year he won the male athlete of the year award which demonstrates just how well regarded he was.

"He was a massive part of the club for the last six years and was recently concentrating on hill running and cross country. He was one of our team managers and had also qualified as an official race starter with Scottish Athletics."

The club's deepest sympathies and thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very difficult time."

Police Scotland confirmed on Saturday that Mr Harrison had died from his injuries following the collision two days before.

Sergeant Jennifer Forbes, of Edinburgh's Road Policing Unit, said: "Our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the deceased at this terrible time.

"I'd like to thank those members of the public who have contacted us with information on the collision over the past few days and continue to appeal for any other witnesses to come forward, particularly if you have possible dashcam footage of the incident itself or either the vehicle or the cyclist in the area shortly beforehand."

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