“I know I speak on behalf of my colleagues when I say that we are incredibly saddened by the news of Her Majesty the Queen’s passing.

“I would also like to recognise her lifelong dedication to the service of the people and how proud we all were when she awarded NHS staff the George Cross for their compassion and courage throughout the pandemic.

“I send my heartfelt condolences and those of the wider NHS Dorset team to the Royal Family at what is a difficult time.”

Patricia Miller OBE

Chief Executive

NHS Dorset