THE life of a 'selfless' Inverclyde district nurse who became the first NHS worker in Scotland to die from coronavirus is to be celebrated.

Colleagues and friends of much loved Janice Graham are planning to honour her memory once the current health emergency is over.

The announcement was made during the latest meeting of Inverclyde's Integrated Joint Board, which oversees the workings of the local health and social care partnership.

Chief officer Louise Long told members that she has spoken to Mrs Graham's family about having a fitting tribute to her life and work.

Ms Long said: "I'm hoping at the end of this we will do something to celebrate Janice's life.

"It's really important to say that the district nursing team are the most amazing team.

"They have done the most incredible job, and never once wavered."

Mrs Graham, 58, passed away at Inverclyde Royal Hospital in April.

Colleagues lined the streets to applaud the cortege ahead of her funeral service.

Her grieving son and only child, Craig — a police officer from Port Glasgow — paid tribute to his 'totally selfless' mum at the time and told how she was full of 'kindness and compassion'.

Craig told how his mum 'loved' her roles as a district nurse and home support worker.

He said: "That was her dream job because she just loved helping and being around people."

Integration joint board member Deirdre McCormick said: "I think the staff across the partnership continue to be quite amazing and have really stepped up and been quite remarkable in meeting the challenge of this very unpredictable virus.

"None other and no more than the district nurses who've been given no choice — they are out there day-in day-out.

"It is their job but they have been quite remarkable and have continued to provide a safe, effective and person-centred service to every patient that they have.

"It will be very fitting to, at the right time, mark the death of a very valued colleague."