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Stabbed Hospital Worker Was 'One In A Million'
The family of a Gloucester hospital worker who was killed while on the wards has described her as one in a million.
Health care assistant Sharon Wall died after being stabbed at the inpatient unit of Gloucester's psychiatric facility Wotton Lawn Hospital on Wednesday.
Ryan Matthews, 61, of Horton Road in the city, was remanded in custody Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Saturday, after being charged with the 53-year-old's murder.
He confirmed his name, address, date of birth and said that he understood the charge he faced during the three minute hearing.
No formal plea was entered and Matthews was ordered to appear at Gloucester Crown Court before Mr Justice Teare on July 15.
In a statement released by police on Friday, the grieving family of Ms Wall said: "We would like to thank everyone for their support and such kind words that have been said about Sharon.
"She was nothing less than one in a million and to say that she will be missed is an understatement.
"We would ask for people to respect our privacy and allow us to grieve for her at this difficult time."
Shaun Clee, chief executive of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are all deeply shocked by the tragic incident that occurred on one of our inpatient wards.
"The extremely sad event, which resulted in the death of a highly compassionate and dedicated colleague, has had a profound impact on everyone working in our trust.
"Sharon Wall was a well-respected healthcare assistant and everyone who knew her speaks about her warmth, caring nature and good sense of humour.
"She will be deeply missed by colleagues and the service users she supported.
"Above all, our thoughts remain with Sharon's friends and family. On behalf of colleagues across our trust, I extend our most sincere and deepest sympathies."
In the wake of the tragedy, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "The events in Gloucestershire are devastating and our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the staff member involved."
The 2gether website said Wotton Lawn Hospital is an 88 bed acute mental health hospital close to the city centre which provides inpatient services for the county.