Heartbreaking tributes to a dedicated NHS worker who died with coronavirus have said she "deserved better".

Barbara Moor, a patient discharge planner at Aintree Hospital, died on Monday after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The 54-year-old grandmother spent her entire career caring for others in her role before her tragic death.

Touching messages have poured in for Barbara as hundreds sent condolences to her family.

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On Facebook, one former patient at Aintree who met Barbara said that she "deserved better".

Laura Thomas said: "I have known Barbara for a few years as have spent more time Ward 11 than in my own home over the past three years.

"She was an absolute diamond, with a heart of gold. My heartbreaks for her family, friends and colleagues.

"Just can’t believe three weeks ago I was standing by the reception desk on the ward chatting away to Barb about random stuff.

Aintree Hospital patient discharge planner Barbara Moore, 54, who has died after contracting coronavirus

"If I could say one thing to her family, it would be that she was an amazing woman, she was highly respected and loved by her colleagues and patients.

"She treated everyone with respect, empathy and dignity.

"Barb did not deserve to lose her life in this way."

Libby Merritt also said: "Not all heroes wear capes. Thank you for your hard work. Rest easy xxx"

Betty Williams added: "RIP so sad far to young to get her wings. Thinking of her family at this sad time xxx"

Her devastated family said in a statement: "Barbara was a much loved wife, mum, nan, sister, aunty, friend and beautiful person.

"Barbara dedicated her life to caring for others and doted on her two beautiful children and grandchildren.

"She loved nothing more than spending precious time with her family. Barbara will be sadly missed by so many.”

A spokesman for Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Aintree, said: "It is with incredible sadness that the trust have today confirmed the death of one of their members of staff, Barbara Moore, aged 54, who had tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19).

"Barbara, a patient discharge planner at Aintree University Hospital, passed away on Monday, 6 April, at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

"Barbara had joined the hospital team after spending most of her career as a care worker for people with disabilities."

On Sunday Dianne Brown, chief nurse at Aintree, said: "Barbara’s loss is an awful blow to us all, and she will be missed so much by all of her colleagues.

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"I have offered our sincere condolences and our support to her family at this time of their sad loss.

"Barbara was a patient discharge planner, which is one of our unsung hero roles.

"Many people don’t think about the work of patient discharge planners when they think of a hospital. But Barbara’s dedication to helping patients get safely out of hospital meant that people returned to their loved ones as soon and as simply as possible.

"She will be terribly missed.”