Tributes paid to murdered hospital comms chief Yvonne Davies

Tributes have been paid to Yvonne Davies, head of comms at Central Manchester University Hospitals trust, who was murdered at the weekend.

Yvonne Davies: Was head of comms and public relations at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Yvonne Davies: Was head of comms and public relations at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Officers from Greater Manchester Police discovered the body of 46-year-old Davies at her home in Stockport and said she had been stabbed to death.

Police were called to Davies’ address on Friday evening and discovered her body after a neighbour raised the alarm.

GMP said in a statement that Davies’ husband, Andrew Davies, was also found dead at the house and that he died of asphyxiation from hanging.

GMP confirmed it was not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Davies was head of comms and public relations at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Her colleagues paid tribute to her in a statement issued on Monday afternoon.

A spokeswoman for the trust said: "Yvonne was a much valued and longstanding member of our staff. We were deeply saddened to learn of Yvonne’s sudden and tragic death. Our thoughts are with her family at this most difficult time. She will be sadly missed by her many friends and colleagues not only within our trust but also in the many partner and media organisations across the city that she had worked closely with on a day-to-day basis over many years."

Davies had worked for the trust for more than 20 years and was awarded 'Communicator of the Year' in 2011 by the Association of Healthcare Communications and Marketing.

During her career, Davies played a role in communicating high-profile media events, such as the 1996 Manchester bombings and a case of conjoined twins, as well as managing visits by VIP guests including members of the royal family.

Davies and her husband had a young daughter.

In a statement, released via GMP, Davies’ family said they were heartbroken.

The family added: "She had a successful career, but still managed to be a devoted mother who raised an amazing, beautiful daughter who is an absolute credit to both her parents. As a family we now have to concentrate on looking after her daughter and helping her to come to terms with what has happened."

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