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Médecins, infirmières, porteurs, volontaires: des agents de santé britanniques décédés de Covid-19 | Nouvelles du monde

De nombreux NHS et personnels de santé privés, des chirurgiens cardiaques aux infirmières, porteurs et bénévoles, sont décédés des suites d’un coronavirus au Royaume-Uni.

Le gouvernement dit qu’il y a eu 49 décès vérifiés de personnel du Covid-19 National Health Service pendant la pandémie, mais il est clair que beaucoup d’autres sont morts. Le Guardian a enregistré 171 décès rapportés dans les nouvelles, mais le chiffre réel est probablement plus élevé car tous les décès ne seront pas dans le domaine public.

De nombreux membres de la famille de ceux qui sont décédés se sont plaints que les professionnels de la santé ne reçoivent pas d’équipement de protection adéquat lors du traitement des cas de coronavirus.

Si vous souhaitez partager d’autres noms et histoires avec nous ou si vous pensez qu’il y a des personnes que nous avons manquées, veuillez envoyer un e-mail à sarah.marsh@theguardian.com. Nous espérons documenter et rendre hommage à ceux qui meurent en travaillant sur les lignes de front de la pandémie.

Nous ajouterons les cas à une base de données et espérons examiner ces décès plus en détail ultérieurement.

Onyenachi Obasi, 51 ans

profession: infirmière
Lieu de travail: inconnu
Date de décès: 6 mai 2020

Obasi a été décrite comme « une personne gentille, belle, aimante et respectée dans sa communauté de Barking et Dagenham » par ceux qui ont créé un crowdfunder pour elle. La page continue: «Onyenachi était une âme douce et a touché de nombreuses vies. Beaucoup de cœurs sont brisés dans notre communauté. « 

Il dit qu’il a contracté un coronavirus au travail et qu’il est décédé des complications du virus.

Eyitolami Olaolorun

profession: infirmière
Lieu de travail: inconnu
Date de décès: inconnu

Sa famille a créé une page d’hommage à Olaolorun. On y lit: «C’est avec une grande tristesse que nous partageons la disparition de notre douce mère Eyitolami Olaolorun. Affectueusement connu sous le nom de tante Tola, Iya Junior et Iya Nurse.

«C’était une femme forte, travailleuse et inspirante. Une mère pour beaucoup. Il a touché et soutenu la vie de toutes les personnes avec lesquelles il est entré en contact.

«Elle était une excellente infirmière pédiatrique avec 40 ans d’expérience. Elle était attentionnée et compatissante avec tous ses patients et ses familles, à tel point que certains d’entre eux sont devenus membres de notre famille élargie.

«Notre mère représentait le monde pour nous après avoir sacrifié ses meilleures années en élevant seule quatre enfants. Il a travaillé sans relâche pour s’assurer que nous étions aimés, nourris et éduqués.

«La perte de notre mère a brisé notre cœur. Nous savons que nous ne sommes pas seuls dans cette perte, nous partageons notre douleur avec ses frères, ses petits-enfants, sa famille élargie, nos tantes et oncles adoptifs, ses amis et les nombreux enfants qu’il aimait beaucoup. « 

Rachel Makombe Chikanda, 67 ans

profession: infirmière
Lieu de travail: inconnu
Date de décès: inconnu

Chikanda avait pris sa retraite mais l’infirmière zimbabwéenne était retournée au travail pour aider le personnel de première ligne dans la lutte contre la pandémie.

Elle est décédée vendredi à l’hôpital Royal London après avoir passé 21 jours sous ventilateur. L’ancienne infirmière de l’hôpital Parirenyatwa a travaillé sur le terrain pendant 47 ans avant de prendre sa retraite à 65 ans.

La région londonienne du Royal College of Nursing a déclaré: « Nous sommes bouleversés d’apprendre le décès de deux autres membres de la famille des infirmières. Nos coeurs vont aux familles de Rachel Makombe Chikanda et Eyitolami Olaolorun. Nous nous souviendrons d’eux et leur dévouement envers leurs patientes et l’allaitement ne seront pas oubliés. « 

Agostino Agyei-Mensah

profession: infirmière
Lieu de travail: Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Date de décès: inconnu

Agyei-Mensah a travaillé avec des patients ayant des troubles d’apprentissage pour le NHS Trust of Northamptonshire Healthcare (NHFT). Il laisse ses quatre enfants et sa femme après sa mort.

Dans un communiqué, sa famille a déclaré: «Augustine était un mari attentionné et un père aimant pour quatre enfants. Nous sommes dévastés par sa perte. Il était un travailleur dévoué, travailleur et fier du NHS qui manquera à tous ceux qui le connaissaient. « 



Rutendo Mukotsanjera


Rutendo Mukotsanjera

Rutendo Mukotsanjera

profession: Agente de soutien en santé mentale
Lieu de travail: inconnu
Date de décès: inconnu

Mukotsanjera a quitté le Royaume-Uni pour Harare, au Zimbabwe, il y a environ 18 ans. Il détient un baccalauréat et une maîtrise en gestion des ressources humaines et a travaillé dans plusieurs établissements de soins à titre d’agent de soutien en santé mentale.

Buzzfeed a rapporté qu’il effectuait souvent des quarts de travail supplémentaires pour subvenir aux besoins de sa fille et renvoyer de l’argent à sa famille au Zimbabwe, où il avait également un fils de 22 ans, Shungu.

Tariq Shafi, 61 ans

profession: Spécialiste du cancer
Lieu de travail: Hôpital de Darent Valley
Date de décès: inconnu

Shafi était l’un des principaux spécialistes du cancer anglo-pakistanais, originaire de Lahore au Pakistan. Le diplômé du King Edward Medical College est arrivé au Royaume-Uni en 2007 avec sa femme Varda Tariq Shafi et ses enfants.

Il a travaillé comme hématologue consultant à l’hôpital de Darent Valley à Dartford, Kent. S’adressant à Geo News, la famille de Shafi l’a appelé un martyr (shaheed) qui est mort en combattant Covid-19 pour sauver les autres et croyait que sa vie était consacrée au traitement des nécessiteux et des malades.

«Tariq est décédé au cours du mois béni du Ramadan de service. Même après avoir développé des symptômes de la couronne et s’isoler à la maison, il a continué à faire des cliniques téléphoniques « , a déclaré Varda à Geo News.



Jennie Sablayan


Jennie Sablayan

Jennie Sablayan

profession: Infirmière et consultante
Lieu de travail:
Hôpital universitaire de Londres
Date de décès:
5 mai 2020

Sablayan est décédé à l’hôpital West Middlesex. Il a consacré sa vie à être infirmier et a travaillé à l’UCLH à Londres, ainsi qu’à être consultant pour une agence d’infirmières. Elle laisse son mari et ses deux filles de 10 et 14 ans.

Une page de crowdfunder créée pour ses lectures: «Elle était une femme extraordinaire et la mère la plus aimante, et nos prières sortent de toutes ces personnes en ce moment difficile. Le choc et la douleur que ses proches doivent ressentir ne peuvent jamais être résolus, mais j’espère que l’augmentation pour eux les soutiendra financièrement et avec quelques difficultés, maintenant et à l’avenir, et permettra aux filles de Jennie d’avoir le meilleur avenir possible. Aidez-nous à atteindre et même à dépasser notre objectif pour la famille de Jennie. « 

Samson Maja

profession: infirmière
Lieu de travail: Confiance NHS de Barnet, Enfield et Haringey
Date de décès: inconnu

Maja a fait partie de l’équipe de santé mentale communautaire d’Enfield basée à Silver Street à Enfield Town. Il travaillait pour la confiance via une agence, mais avait auparavant été employé comme infirmier dans l’équipe de traitement à domicile d’Enfield basée à l’hôpital Chase Farm jusqu’en mars 2015.

Un porte-parole de Barnet, Enfield et Haringey’s NHS mental trust a déclaré: «C’est avec une grande tristesse que nous confirmons la perte de notre collègue et ami Samson Maja en raison du coronavirus.

«Samson était un collègue très respecté qui manquera beaucoup à sa famille, à ses amis, à son personnel de confiance et à ses patients. Nous vous demandons de respecter leur vie privée en ce moment difficile. « 

Van Lang Hoang

profession: Chauffeur de transport de patients
Lieu de travail: NHS Health Trust Bares
Date de décès: inconnu

Sa mort a été annoncée par le NHS Trust de Barts le lundi 4 mai.




Robert Black



Photographie de Robert Black: Courrier de Campbeltown

Robert Black

profession: paramédical
Lieu de travail: Service d’ambulance écossais
Date de décès: 2 mai 2020

L’homme noir de Campbeltown est décédé dans un hôpital de Glasgow. Pauline Howie, directrice générale du Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), a déclaré que le service était « profondément attristé » par la perte d’un « proche collègue ».

Et au nom de SAS, il a présenté ses « sincères condoléances et sincères condoléances » à sa famille.

Howie a ajouté: « Je voudrais également remercier nos collègues du NHS Scotland pour l’aide compatissante qu’ils ont montrée à notre ami pendant sa maladie. »

Robert Pollock, secrétaire de la branche ambulance de GMB Ecosse, a déclaré: « C’est dévastateur pour l’ensemble du service ambulancier car il s’agit d’une grande famille très unie.

«Tout le monde qui travaille dans le NHS a les mêmes craintes que tout le monde. Cependant, ce sont des professionnels, donc ils vont sortir et faire ce qu’ils ont à faire. « 

Pollock a déclaré que les problèmes d’équipement de protection pour les ambulanciers paramédicaux identifiés au début de la pandémie ont été résolus.

Dr. Habibhai Babu

profession: Officier supérieur de maison
Lieu de travail: Hôpital de Whipps Cross – Barts Health NHS Trust
Date de décès: inconnu

Le médecin, connu de ses collègues sous le nom de Babu, travaillait à l’hôpital Whipps Cross de Leytonstone, dans l’est de Londres. Sa mort a été annoncée par le NHS trust sur la santé de Barts.



Afua Fofie


Afua Fofie

Afua Fofie

profession: Travailleur de la santé
Lieu de travail: NHS Trust des Hounslow et Richmond Community Healthcare
Date de décès: inconnu

La confiance du NHS dans la communauté de santé de Hounslow et Richmond a déclaré: «Toute perte de vie est tragique, mais perdre un membre de la famille HRCH est particulièrement difficile. Afua était une précieuse collègue et aimée comme amie par ceux avec qui elle travaillait. Elle lui manque beaucoup. « 



Lalaine Lopez Pesario


Lalaine Lopez Pesario

Lalaine Lopez Pesario, 53 ans

profession: Aide infirmière à domicile
Lieu de travail:
Maison de repos Mumbles
Date de décès:
3 mai 2020

Pesario travaille au Swansea’s Mumbles Nursing Home depuis octobre 2018.

La mère de Skewen a été félicitée pour son dévouement au travail et son attitude positive envers les résidents des maisons de soins infirmiers et les autres membres du personnel.

A Page GoFundMe a maintenant été créé en sa mémoire par sa famille et ses amis. Elle se lit comme suit: « La gentillesse et la générosité de Lalaine ont débordé. Son sourire et ses rires étaient contagieux. Ceux qui la connaissent peuvent attester qu’elle peut parler pendant des heures interminables de tout et de tout et sa voix est certainement celle qui nous manquera. Repose-toi bien, notre ange. « 




Saad Al-Dubbaisi



Dr Saad Al-Dubbaisi

Dr Saad Al-Dubbaisi

profession: GP
Lieu de travail: inconnu
Date de décès: 3 mai 2020

Al-Dubbaisi, un médecin « aimant et gentil » de Bury qui « a tout donné pour la communauté », est décédé le 3 mai, à 59 ans, après plusieurs semaines de maladie avec Covid-19.

Né en Irak, dr. Al-Dubbaisi travaille dans la ville du Grand Manchester depuis près de 20 ans, a déclaré sa fille au Bury Times.




Eleuterio Gibela



Eleuterio Gibela

Eleuterio Gibela, 68 ans

profession: Travailleur des services domestiques
Lieu de travail: Blackpool enseigne à l’hôpital NHS Trust
Date de décès: 2 mai 2020

Le père de deux enfants, connu par ses collègues sous le nom de Boy, est décédé samedi 2 mai après avoir été testé positif au virus.

Gibela travaille dans les services domestiques à Blackpool, enseignant la confiance des hôpitaux du NHS depuis près de 20 ans.




Ray Lever



Ray Lever

Ray Lever

profession: Équipe de service à domicile
Lieu de travail: Sheffield enseigne aux hôpitaux la confiance de la fondation NHS
Date de décès: 1 mai 2020

Le PDG de Trust Kirsten Major a écrit sur Facebook: «Un jour que nous espérions ne viendrait jamais. Nous avions espéré que le jour où nous aurions perdu un collègue à cause de ce terrible virus ne viendrait jamais et nous avons le cœur brisé de savoir que notre collègue Ray Lever a perdu sa bataille contre Covid-19 hier. « 

Le major a affirmé que Lever était un membre populaire de l’équipe des services à domicile et avait auparavant travaillé dans les zones hospitalières de l’Hôpital général du Nord, « mais au début de l’épidémie, il avait déménagé pour travailler dans des zones non-patients, ce qui signifiait que il était devenu encore plus connu de ses collègues pour ses manières gaies. « 

« La famille et les collègues de Ray l’ont décrit comme » toujours de bonne humeur et le premier à offrir de l’aide à quelqu’un, le père parfait, le grand-père et un crédit du NHS « , a-t-il déclaré.

Mark Woolcock

profession: Assistante ambulance
Lieu de travail: NHS Health Trust Bares
Date de décès: inconnu

Woolcock était l’un des quatre membres de la santé de Barts en qui le NHS avait confiance pour mourir après avoir contracté Covid-19. Sa mort a été annoncée par la confiance.




Mark Piggott



Mark Piggott. Photographie: BCH NHS / PA Trust Foundation

Mark Piggott, 57 ans

profession: Chef des projets et programmes d’immobilisations
Lieu de travail: NHS Foundation Trust pour les femmes et les enfants à Birmingham
Date de décès: 1 mai 2020

Piggott était responsable des principaux projets et programmes d’immobilisations. Avant de rejoindre l’équipe en 2019, il a supervisé la livraison du projet d’immobilisations aux fonds voisins.

Sarah-Jane Marsh, PDG de Birmingham pour les femmes et les enfants, a déclaré: « Bien que nous n’ayons pas travaillé très longtemps avec Mark, son impact sur l’organisation a été immense et nous l’avons déjà considéré comme une partie importante de notre famille BWC. .

« Alors que nos cœurs se brisent un peu plus, nous pensons à sa femme et à sa famille et gardons dans nos pensées tout ce que Mark représentait, en particulier le rôle qu’un environnement thérapeutique peut jouer dans les résultats des femmes, des enfants, des jeunes et des familles. .

«Mark vous remercie pour tout ce que vous avez fait au cours de votre courte période avec nous et nous nous engageons à rester fidèles à vos valeurs et à lutter encore plus pour les nouvelles structures dont nous avons rêvé ensemble.

« Puissiez-vous reposer en paix et que Dieu vous bénisse toujours ainsi que vos proches. »

Piggott était un mari et un père dévoué aux garçons. Sa femme Julie a déclaré: «Mark était un grand père de famille, un mari aimant et un père fantastique pour nos enfants Daniel et Alex. Nous sommes dévastés de devoir lui dire au revoir.

«Nous aimerions rendre hommage au personnel de l’Hôpital général Sandwell, qui a pris soin de Mark et nous a soutenus en tant que famille avec compassion et gentillesse au cours des dernières semaines.

« Nous vous demandons de respecter notre désir d’intimité en cette période difficile, alors que nous commençons à accepter notre terrible perte. »




Elma Cavalida



Elma Cavalida

Elma Cavalida

profession: Assistante maternité
Lieu de travail: Hôpital de Northwick Park
Date de décès: inconnu

Cavalida a travaillé comme assistante maternité à l’hôpital de Northwick Park, où il était un membre estimé de l’équipe de l’unité d’évaluation quotidienne.

La confiance du NHS à North West University à Londres a déclaré que Cavalida était connue pour sa chaleur, sa gentillesse et sa compassion et pour son véritable dévouement à prendre soin des futures mères.

«Ceux qui la connaissaient bien décrivent comment elle a accueilli tous ceux qui sont entrés dans l’unité avec le sourire. Il ferait tout ce qui était en son pouvoir pour aider les autres – rien n’était jamais trop difficile « , a-t-il dit.

«Elma a été très aimée par nos futures mères et ses collègues, et elle nous manquera beaucoup. Nos pensées vont à ses amis et à sa famille en ce moment. « 

On lui a diagnostiqué un cancer guérissable un peu plus d’un mois avant de contracter un coronavirus. Son partenaire, Vikas Deshwal, 35 ans, a déclaré à Metro.co.uk que la sage-femme qualifiée, qui a continué à travailler après avoir reçu un diagnostic de cancer, « était l’une des personnes les plus pétillantes et vivantes que j’ai jamais rencontrées ». .




Cecilia Fashanu



Cecilia Fashanu

Cecilia Fashanu, 63 ans

profession: infirmière
Lieu de travail: Infirmerie de Cumberland
Date de décès: 30 avril 2020

Fashanu était infirmière d’agence à l’infirmerie de Cumberland depuis deux ans. Le North Cumbria Integrated Assistance NHS Foundation Trust a déclaré dans un communiqué: « C’est avec une profonde tristesse que je dois vous informer qu’un de nos collègues est décédé récemment après avoir contracté Covid-19. »

«Cecilia manquera beaucoup à son mari et à ses enfants. Nous parlons à sa famille et lui offrons nos plus sincères condoléances en cette période incroyablement difficile.

«Cecilia était une infirmière d’agence qui s’occupait des quarts de travail dans certains services de l’infirmerie de Cumberland depuis deux ans. Elle était une collègue très aimée et sa mort est ressentie dans l’ensemble de l’organisation. « 




Philomina Cherian



Philomina Cherian

Philomina Cherian, 62 ans

profession: infirmière
Lieu de travail: Hôpital John Radcliffe
Date de décès: 30 avril 2020

Cherian a travaillé à l’unité d’hospitalisation de courte durée de l’hôpital John Radcliffe de la ville dans le cadre d’une carrière de 15 ans au NHS.

Elle est décédée à l’hôpital de Covid-19, selon la NHS Foundation of the University of Oxford (OUH). Son mari, Joseph Varkey, 63 ans, a déclaré qu’il n’avait jamais eu l’occasion de le saluer.

Cherian, de la région de Marston à Oxford, avait passé les deux dernières semaines en soins intensifs. Varkey a déclaré: «C’était vraiment difficile de voir ça se passer comme ça.

« Quand elle est partie à l’hôpital en ambulance, je n’ai pas dit au revoir parce que je ne savais pas que c’était la dernière fois que je lui parlais et je l’ai vue en personne.

«Elle était connue de beaucoup au sein du NHS et était considérée comme un membre estimé de l’organisation. Elle a consacré sa carrière à aider à sauver des vies, même si elle souffrait de diabète et d’asthme récemment.

« Beaucoup de gens ont contacté la famille à propos de la triste nouvelle, montrant que Philomina était aimée par beaucoup et qu’on s’en souviendra toujours. »

Sam Foster, infirmière en chef de la fiducie, a déclaré: « Elle était une amie et une collègue incroyablement attentionnée qui nous manquera tous terriblement. »

Gill Oakes

profession: Infirmière principale en soutien clinique
Lieu de travail: Bolton Hospice
Date de décès: 30 avril 2020

En hommage, le PDG de Bolton Hospice, Leigh Vallance, a déclaré qu’elle était dévastée par la perte de son ami et collègue.

Elle a dit: « [Gill] il était un membre dévoué et compatissant de notre équipe, qui a soigné des patients à l’hôpital de Bolton pendant près de 24 ans. Nous nous manquerons tous beaucoup.

«Gill était le genre de personne qui proposait toujours d’aider les autres – rien ne lui posait trop de problèmes. C’était une infirmière brillante qui aidait souvent les nouveaux membres de l’équipe à assumer leur rôle dans l’hospice. Nous nous souviendrons toujours de sa gentillesse et de son beau sourire.

« Nous tenons à remercier nos collègues de l’hôpital Royal Bolton d’avoir pris soin de Gill, et nos pensées accompagnent sa famille en cette période incroyablement triste. »




Mark Stanley



Mark Stanley

Mark Stanley, 57 ans

profession: paramédical
Lieu de travail: Service d’ambulance du Yorkshire
Date de décès: 30 avril 2020

Stanley, 57 ans, est décédé à l’hôpital royal de Calderdale à Halifax, une semaine après avoir été hospitalisé pour un coronavirus. Le paramédic Mark Rattigan a déclaré à la BBC qu’il était un « grand homme ».

« Il était juste un garçon très, très décent et dévoué qui vivait pour sa famille », a déclaré Rattigan. «J’aspire à être quelqu’un comme lui. C’était un garçon fantastique. Je le connais depuis 32 ans depuis qu’il a quitté l’armée. « 

Stanley, ambulancier paramédical pendant plus de 30 ans après son service militaire dans le régiment des sauveteurs. Rattigan a déclaré: «Il était en forme comme un lop. Il nageait en eau libre, faisait du vélo partout, ne fumait pas, buvait rarement, prenait soin de lui. Quand nous avons mangé du fish and chips, il aurait eu une salade et des noix. « 

Furqan Ali Siddiqui, 50 ans

profession: Chirurgien plasticien
Lieu de travail: Infirmerie royale de Manchester
Date de décès: 30 avril 2020

Siddiqui était le père de six enfants, qui vivent au Pakistan avec sa femme Fazia, qui travaille comme médecin dans un collège de médecine de la ville de Karachi. Ses collègues ont déclaré qu’il avait récemment déménagé à Manchester et approchait de la fin de sa formation. L’homme de 50 ans était un chirurgien plasticien et avait commencé à travailler en première ligne dans le traitement des patients atteints de coronavirus.

Un porte-parole de la fondation NHS de l’Université de Manchester (MFT) a déclaré: «C’est avec une grande tristesse que nous pouvons annoncer le décès d’un membre du personnel qui travaillait à l’hôpital de Wythenshawe.

« Le Dr Furqan Ali Siddiqui était un collègue clinique de notre service des brûlures et des plastiques à l’hôpital de Wythenshawe et est malheureusement décédé le 30 avril. Il était traité pour Covid-19.

« Nous présentons nos sincères condoléances et nos plus sincères condoléances à la famille Furqan et toutes nos pensées les accompagnent en cette période incroyablement difficile.

« Furqan a rejoint la MFT en octobre 2019 et avait également entrepris une quantité importante de travail au Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, qui fait partie de notre confiance. Furqan était un membre estimé et très respecté de l’équipe MFT et il nous manquera beaucoup à tous ceux qui l’ont connu et qui ont travaillé avec lui. « 




Momudou Dibba



Momudou Dibba

Momudou Dibba

profession: gouvernante
Lieu de travail:
Hôpital général de Watford
Date de décès:
29 avril 2020

Momudou « Mo » Dibba, qui travaillait dans les services de Letchmore et Langley de l’hôpital général de Watford, est décédé le 29 avril après avoir été testé positif pour Covid-19.

Le NHS Trust de West Hertfordshire Hospitals a déclaré que Dibba faisait souvent des quarts de travail supplémentaires à la réception après avoir terminé son travail principal dans le service et le week-end.

« Quiconque connaissait Mo saurait à quel point il était aimable et attentionné envers les patients et le personnel », a déclaré la confiance dans un communiqué.

«Cela irait au-delà, en organisant le personnel qui quitte le parti et en soutenant tout le monde dans leurs rôles. Il nous manquera beaucoup. « 




Suzanne Loverseed



Suzanne Loverseed

Suzanne Loverseed, 63 ans

profession: Aide infirmière à domicile
Lieu de travail: inconnu
Date de décès: 29 avril 2020

Suzanne Loverseed, 63 ans, était une infirmière à domicile décédée après avoir contracté Covid-19. Dans un hommage publié en ligne, son fils, Ian O’Neal, la décrit comme une « lionne » qui a tout donné pour ses enfants.

Il a écrit: «Finalement, il a travaillé dans une maison de soins infirmiers, avec des patients décédés de ce virus. Il n’avait pas d’EPI [personal protective equipment] mais sans crainte, il a continué. C’est ce qui l’a tuée. Cela aussi est comme elle: le fantasme des règles de la nature, ou les cotes, ne s’appliquaient pas en quelque sorte à elle. Mais ils l’ont fait. Il semble donc quelque peu surprenant qu’elle soit décédée de son vivant: se sacrifiant pour les autres.

« Il y a des gens qui soutiennent toujours que le virus n’est pas si menaçant, ou que le gouvernement a réagi de manière excessive, ou que peu importe si des vieillards meurent », écrit-il. «Ils ont tort. Ma mère avait 63 ans: trop jeune pour mourir mais assez vieille pour en mourir; une statistique pour les autres, mais le cœur même de notre famille.

«Nous aurions pu avoir encore 20 ans avec elle; au lieu de cela, nous avons dû dire au revoir via un iPad, incapable de lui tenir la main. Son petit-fils n’a pas encore trois ans. Environ 25 000 autres familles sauront ce que je veux dire quand je dis que j’espère à Dieu que ces personnes n’ont jamais de raison personnelle de changer d’avis. « 

Avant de travailler dans des maisons de retraite, sa mère était infirmière depuis des décennies, s’occupant des malades et des personnes vulnérables, y compris l’unité de soins intensifs pour insuffisance hépatique à l’hôpital King College.

Mike Brown, 61 ans

profession: porter
Lieu de travail: Hôpital universitaire de Southampton
Date de décès: 29 avril 2020

Brown a travaillé pendant 20 ans au Southampton University Hospital (UHS).

Un porte-parole du SSN a déclaré que ClapForCarers jeudi à l’extérieur de l’hôpital général de Southampton serait détenu en l’honneur de cet homme de 61 ans.

Il a déclaré: «Le Southampton University Hospital a confirmé aujourd’hui le décès d’un membre du personnel, Mike Brown, 61 ans, qui avait été testé positif pour le coronavirus au moment de son admission au Southampton General Hospital.

« Mike, un porteur de linge qui faisait partie de l’organisation depuis 20 ans, avait un problème de santé de base et est malheureusement décédé après avoir reçu un traitement dans notre unité de soins intensifs dans les premières heures d’hier matin. »

Paula Head, PDG de l’UHS, a déclaré: «Mike est dans notre hôpital depuis 20 ans et a joué un rôle important dans le soutien des services qui permettent aux patients de recevoir des soins et une expérience exceptionnels.

«Il était bien reconnu et populaire auprès de tant de collaborateurs, une fois nommé par des collègues pour un prix Hospital Heroes pour toujours avoir dépassé toutes les limites et partageant souvent son bon sens de l’humour avec tout le monde autour de lui.

« Nos pensées vont au partenaire de Mike, Sandy et sa famille et il restera affectueusement dans nos pensées, en particulier celles de ses chers collègues et du personnel avec lequel il a travaillé régulièrement dans les services. »




Dr Nasir Khan



Dr Nasir Khan

Nasir Khan

profession: Docteur Locum
Lieu de travail: NHS trust de l’hôpital du Mid Yorkshire
Date de décès: 29 avril 2020

Khan était coroner pour les services médicaux de l’hôpital NHS dans le Mid Yorkshire sur le site de l’hôpital Dewsbury and District. Il est tombé malade du virus fin mars et, en tant que résident de Bolton, a été admis à la fondation de la NHS Foundation à Bolton le 6 avril.

Martin Barkley, directeur général de la NHS Foundation of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals, a déclaré: «Au cours des six mois où vous avez travaillé avec nous, dr. Khan est devenu un membre de l’équipe très apprécié et apprécié de tout le monde, y compris les collègues infirmières et les médecins débutants. Ils ont parlé de sa nature incroyablement positive, de sa gentillesse et de sa compassion pour ses patients. Il a également fait preuve d’un leadership fantastique: il était absolument dévoué au bien-être du personnel subalterne avec lequel il travaillait, et sa prévenance et sa manière attentionnée ont brillé pour tous ceux qui l’ont rencontré.

«Nous nous sentons très chanceux d’avoir un médecin comme le dr. Khan qui travaille pour la confiance, et nous sommes tous dévastés d’apprendre sa mort. Il est impossible de dire combien nos cœurs vont à sa famille et à ses amis.

«Cette nouvelle est un terrible rappel des conséquences de cette pandémie à laquelle tant de familles sont confrontées. Mes remerciements vont à tous les membres de notre personnel dans le Mid Yorkshire qui – avec le même esprit de courage et de compassion que le Dr. Khan l’a montré si clairement – ils continuent de laisser leurs familles à la maison, de se mettre en danger et de se mettre au travail tous les jours pour prendre soin de nos patients. « 

La confiance fait voler le jack syndical en berne à l’hôpital de Dewsbury en signe de respect.

Dr Khan a laissé sa femme et ses trois enfants derrière lui. Son fils, Mahad Ali Khan, a déclaré: «Mon père était un père, un mari, un fils, un frère et un ami aimant, attentionné et très aimé. Il a consacré sa vie à sa famille et à sa profession. Il était incroyablement fort et nous nous tournions toujours vers lui pour le soutenir, car c’était une lumière de conduite brillante. Il était compatissant, humble et loyal. Il avait toujours placé sa famille et ses amis devant lui et était extrêmement généreux. Il chercherait toujours la moindre excuse pour aider ceux qui en ont besoin. Sa nature travailleuse et sa personnalité charmante lui ont permis de rendre la vie encore plus agréable. Nous nous efforçons d’atteindre la grandeur de mon père et de réaliser les rêves qu’il a laissés derrière lui. Tu me manques papa! « .




Julius Sana



Photo par Julius Sana: Belle Alcid / PA

Julius Sana, 40 ans

profession: Travailleur de la santé
Lieu de travail: Hôpitaux privés
Date de décès: 26 avril 2020

Sana, 40 ans, était tombée malade avec Covid-19 alors qu’elle travaillait dans un hôpital privé pour traiter des personnes atteintes de maladies neurodégénératives à Newport. Le père marié de deux enfants est décédé après avoir subi un arrêt cardiaque à l’hôpital Royal Gwent de la ville, où il était sous ventilateur depuis 18 jours, le premier étant le cinquième anniversaire de sa fille.




Maria Victoria Prado



Maria Victoria Prado

Maria Victoria Prado

profession: infirmière
Lieu de travail: Maison de soins infirmiers Elvy Court à Sittingbourne, Kent
Date de décès: inconnu

Prado était connu par ses amis et collègues sous le nom de Vicky et avait travaillé pour le NHS et le secteur privé pendant plus d’une décennie. Une page de financement participatif créée pour ses lectures: «Elle était une infirmière travailleuse toujours prête à faire des kilomètres supplémentaires pour aider. Vicky a récemment travaillé dans une maison de soins infirmiers avec des cas positifs pour Covid 19. Elle s’était isolée en raison de sa grande vulnérabilité à attraper le virus cruel. « Il aurait souffert d’asthme.

Sharad Bhatt

profession: Équipe centrale de réservation
Lieu de travail: Hôpital St Albans City
Date de décès: inconnu

Bhatt a travaillé dans l’équipe centrale de réservation pour les rendez-vous ambulatoires, avant de contracter le virus. La confiance a confirmé qu’il y travaillait depuis 2017.

En mémoire de Bhatt, la confiance a déclaré: «Il était amusant et toujours prêt à aider et prêt à relever un défi. Il était occupé dans son poste et apprécié par toute l’équipe. « 

Stephanie Wilcocks

profession: Matrone à la retraite
Lieu de travail: Hôpital général de Watford
Date de décès: inconnu

Wilcocks a travaillé comme matrone et sœur de paroisse dans les hôpitaux de Watford et de St Albans avant de prendre sa retraite en 2005. La fiducie a honoré l’ancien employé après sa mort, déclarant qu’il était guide infirmier, guide du Girl’s Guide et un ministre laïque.

Une infirmière domestique très aimée est décédée des suites d’un coronavirus quelques jours après la naissance de sa petite-fille.

Karen Hutton, 58 ans

profession: Aide infirmière à domicile
Lieu de travail: Maison de soins de Lochleven
Date de décès: 28 avril 2020

Hutton est décédé à domicile dans la ville de Carnoustie, Angus, après avoir été testé positif pour Covid-19. È stata impiegata come infermiera del personale nell’unità di demenza della Lochleven Care Home di Broughty Ferry, Dundee.

Andrew Chalmers-Gall, manager della Lochleven Care Home, ha dichiarato: “Karen è stata una tenace sostenitrice dei suoi residenti e ha sempre messo al primo posto le loro esigenze.

“Era estremamente entusiasta della recente nascita di sua nipote.

« Era un’amica e una collega molto amata e ci mancherà terribilmente da tutti a Lochleven. »

William Brodie

Occupazione: Tenute operative
Posto di lavoro: Infermeria reale di Glasgow
Data di morte: 27 avril 2020

Brodie, affettuosamente noto come Willie, lavorava all’infermeria reale di Glasgow nel dipartimento delle proprietà operative prima di morire. Era un lavoratore chiave con NHS Scotland presso l’infermeria di Glasgow Royal all’interno del dipartimento delle proprietà operative.

Jermaine Wright, 45

Occupazione: Tecnico farmaceutico
Posto di lavoro: Hammersmith Hospital
Data di morte: 27 avril 2020

Wright era un tecnico di farmacia senior nell’unità asettica dell’ospedale Hammersmith. È entrato a far parte del team di farmacie della fiducia nel marzo 2015, dopo molti anni di lavoro presso il Royal Brompton e, prima ancora, l’ospedale di Great Ormond Street. Era ben noto al suo team e al personale grazie alla sua competenza, precisione, gentilezza e orgoglio nel suo lavoro.

Il capo farmacista della fiducia, Ann Mounsey, ha dichiarato: “Jermaine faceva parte della famiglia di farmacie imperiali da marzo 2015, avendo precedentemente lavorato al Royal Brompton per circa 14 anni e prima di quello dell’ospedale di Great Ormond Street. Jermaine era ricoverato al Brompton quando è morto, e sappiamo che la squadra lì condivide il nostro dolore.

« È difficile non cadere nei cliché quando parla di Jermaine, era gentile, premuroso, generoso e sempre pronto a ridere. Tuttavia, il calcio è stata la passione assoluta di Jermaine e, al di fuori del lavoro, è stato una parte essenziale del calcio amatoriale presso Hackney Marshes per oltre 20 anni attraverso il suo ruolo di arbitro e numerosi altri ruoli tra cui vicepresidente, infissi e segretario dei risultati. La sua perdita è molto sentita lì e siamo grati ai membri di quella comunità che ci hanno contattato per offrire amicizia e sostegno. Inoltre, abbiamo ricevuto incantevoli messaggi di supporto da molti altri dipartimenti di farmacie nel nord-ovest di Londra e oltre, oltre che dalla più ampia fiducia imperiale. « 



Anuj Kumar


Anujkumar Kuttikkottu Pavithran.

Anujkumar Kuttikkottu Pavithran

Occupazione: Infermiera
Posto di lavoro: L’ospedale del pellegrino di Boston
Data di morte: 27 avril 2020

I capi della salute hanno confermato che Pavithran, noto come Kumar ai suoi colleghi, è morto il 27 aprile. Andrew Morgan, amministratore delegato dell’ospedale NHS dell’United Lincolnshire, ha dichiarato: “Lui (Kumar) era un membro della squadra molto apprezzato, professionale e rispettato e ci mancherà molto.

Stiamo inviando le nostre più sentite condoglianze alla famiglia, agli amici e ai colleghi di Kumar in questo momento incredibilmente difficile « .

Più di £ 13.000 è stato raccolta fondi da amici e familiari di Kumar su Facebook.




Jodon Gait



Jodon Gait

Jodon Gait, 46

Occupazione: Assistente sanitario
Posto di lavoro: Ospedale reale del Worcestershire
Data di morte: Sconosciuto

Gait aveva lavorato in case di cura per 15 anni prima di unirsi all’unità medica per soggiorni di breve durata presso l’ospedale reale del Worcestershire un anno fa.

He was described a “much-loved member of our nursing team” by Matthew Hopkins, the chief executive of Worcestershire acute hospitals NHS trust.

Hopkins added: “Colleagues who worked most closely with him describe Jodon as a dedicated, passionate, caring colleague; a quirky character who always put patients at the centre of everything he did, delivering fantastic quality of care to his patients and who had a great sense of humour who will be massively missed by all of the team.”



Jane Mary Jongwe


Jane Mary Jongwe.

Jane Mary Jongwe

Occupation: Senior nurse
Place of work: Herondale and Kingfisher House
Date of death: 26 avril 2020

Jongwe was a senior nurse at the care home Herondale and Kingfisher House in Birmingham. Jongwe had migrated to the UK from Zimbabwe and attended the Zimbabwe Anglican Church.



Ken Lambatan


Ken Lambatan.

Ken Lambatan, 34

Occupation: Specialist cardiology research nurse
Place of work: St George’s university hospitals NHS foundation trust
Date of death: 27 avril 2020

Lambatan was described as fit and active but reportedly died after developing hypercoagulation as a complication to Covid-19. A friend of the family, Therese Hona, said on Twitter: “His family is immensely heartbroken. Please honour him by staying at home.”




Eileen Landers



Eileen Landers.

Eileen Landers

Occupation: Cleaning team member
Place of work: University hospitals of Derby and Burton
Date of death: 26 avril 2020

Landers passed away at Queen’s Hospital Burton from Covid-19. She had worked at the trust since 2004 and was a dedicated and popular member of the team.

Gavin Boyle, the chief executive at University hospitals of Derby and Burton said: “Eileen worked in many departments and wards across the hospital, most recently in the discharge lounge, and was known for her high standards, which colleagues and the nursing team say were second to none.

“During her time here she was known for her absolute dedication to her role and her dedication to coming to clean the hospital and protect patients.

“The importance of the role Eileen and her colleagues perform simply cannot be overstated. Eileen will be sadly missed by the whole UHDB family, especially by the domestic teams that worked closely with her for those many years. Our thoughts and condolences are with Eileen’s family today.”



Fiona Anderson


Fiona Anderson .

Fiona Anderson

Occupation: Community nurse
Place of work: Grindon Lane primary care centre
Date of death: 26 avril 2020

Anderson died after testing positive for Covid-19. Those who knew Fiona said she “devoted her life to helping others”. She
joined South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS foundation trust in 2007, working as a staff nurse at Sunderland royal hospital and South Tyneside district hospital before joining the community as a staff nurse in 2019.
She worked at Grindon Lane primary care centre, where colleagues described her as “a passionate and highly committed nurse who cared for thousands of patients in both Sunderland and South Tyneside”.

Fiona’s sister Sarah Anderson said: “We are incredibly proud of Fiona. She died doing what she loved, working for the NHS and caring for those in need. Always in our hearts and never forgotten.”

A spokesperson for South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS foundation trust said they were offering support to Fiona’s family.



Adekunle Enitan


Adekunle Enitan. Photograph: East Kent hospitals university NHS foundation trust/PA

Adekunle Enitan, 55

Occupation: Intensive care nurse
Place of work: William Harvey hospital, Ashford, Kent
Date of death: 24 avril 2020

Enitan had been working as an agency nurse in ITU for five years. The father of two, known to his colleagues as Ade, has been remembered by East Kent hospitals foundation trust as a “kind and caring nurse, and a much-respected colleague”.

His wife, Temitayo, son Martin and daughter Divine, told Kent Live: “Adekunle was a great father and husband who cared deeply for us as well as others around him.

“We are all very thankful for the memories that we shared with him. He is now gone but he will never be forgotten and his spirit will always be beside us.”

Ibilola Mary Aladejana

Occupation: Bank staff
Place of work: University College London hospital
Date of death: 4 avril 2020

Aladejana died due to complications from Covid-19. A crowdfunding page, set up for her by her husband, Ayodele Aladejana, reads: “She was so full of life and very lively. She loved helping people, loved her family, and more importantly, she loved GOD. Indeed, you fought the good fight of faith until your final breath on earth.”

She leaves her husband and three children aged 16, nine, and four.



Janice Glassey


Janice Glassey. Photograph: Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust/PA

Janice Glassey, 66

Occupation: Healthcare assistant
Place of work: Bridgewater community healthcare NHS foundation trust
Date of death: 24 avril 2020

Glassey worked in the out-of-hours district nursing service for Bridgewater community healthcare NHS foundation trust in Halton, Cheshire.

The chief executive of the trust, Colin Scales, said: “I am extremely saddened to confirm that our colleague Janice Glassey tragically passed away on 24 April 2020 after testing positive for coronavirus.

“Janice was 66 and was a healthcare assistant in our out-of-hours district nursing service, where she had worked for 14 years, providing care and compassion to many Halton patients and families.

“She was a much-loved and valued colleague and friend.
“On behalf of everyone at Bridgewater, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Janice’s family, friends and loved ones at this most difficult time.”




Larni Zuniga



Larni Zuniga.

Larni Zuniga, 53

Occupation: Care home nurse
Place of work: Surrey Hills care home
Date of death: 24 avril 2020

Zuniga worked at CHD Living’s Surrey Hills care home near his home at Godalming in Surrey. The medic, originally from the Philippines, was granted British citizenship in February. He contracted the infection two weeks ago.



Andy Costa


Andy Costa.

Andy Costa

Occupation: Ward administrator
Place of work: Camden & Islington NHS foundation trust
Date of death: Unknown

Costa was described by colleagues as “a highly respected, conscientious and long-serving colleague who had worked at Highgate Mental Health Centre since it opened 15 years ago”. Before then, he worked on the Elizabeth Torrance ward in the nearby Waterlow unit.

The trust said: “Andy’s 26 years of diligence and loyalty to Camden and Islington NHS foundation trust were honoured with a long service award only last summer at a special tea party at the Irish Centre in Camden. Andy will be very much missed by us all, especially by his many colleagues and friends in the ward, administration and domestic staff areas at Highgate Mental Health Centre. Our deepest sympathies go to his family and friends.”




Dr Vishna Rasiah



Dr Vishna Rasiah.

Dr Vishna Rasiah

Occupation: Consultant neonatologist
Place of work: Birmingham women’s hospital
Date of death: Unknown

Rasiah, known to his friends as Vish, was a consultant neonatologist and was highly regarded across the Midlands through his role as clinical lead for the regional neonatal network.

Sarah-Jane Marsh, the chief executive of Birmingham women’s and children’s NHS foundation trust, said: “Vish was an amazing doctor, leader, colleague and friend passionate about the care of babies and their families. Losing him in such a cruel and unfair way will be too much to bear for many of us, in particular anyone involved in neonatal care, and of course his beautiful wife and daughter.

“As our tears flow, we must always remember the values that Vish stood for, and hold his vision, courage and compassion in our hearts. God bless you Vish, and may you rest in peace.”

Dr Fiona Reynolds, the trust’s medical director, said: “It’s heartbreaking that we have lost someone as talented, dedicated and respected as Vish. His loss will not only be felt by his friends and colleagues at our hospital, but by many across the Midlands who worked alongside him for so long.

“Vish touched the lives of many families during his time as a neonatal consultant in Birmingham, and will be sadly missed.”

Vish was a proud husband and father. His wife, Liza, said: “We’re devastated at losing our beloved Vish. He was such a loving husband and father to our beautiful daughter Katelyn, and much-loved son and brother to our family in Malaysia and Trinidad. His whole family meant the world to him, and he absolutely doted on Katelyn.

“Vish loved his work; to him it was so much more than a job and his colleagues are part of our family too. He treated every patient and family he cared for as his own; I couldn’t have been prouder of him.

“I would like to thank the staff at Worcestershire Royal hospital for the kindness, compassion and the care that they have provided to us over an incredibly difficult past few weeks.”

Tony Kabia, 58

Occupation: Security team
Place of work: Manchester Royal infirmary
Date of death: 23 avril 2020

Kabia was recently nominated for an excellence award by Manchester University NHS Foundation trust, and his family said he had bought a new suit and shoes in preparation for the ceremony.

Lillian Nabuduwa, Tony’s stepdaughter, told the Manchester Evening News: “He was a father, he was a husband, he was a good man.He worked for Kingdom Security and was at the MRI for a long time.

“Everyone there loved him, the trust loved him. Everyone at the MFT knew about him.”

Melonie Mitchell

Occupation: 111 worker
Place of work: London ambulance service
Date of death: Unknown

Mitchell’s death was confirmed by the London ambulance service, where she worked. Its chief executive, Garrett Emmerson, said: “It is with great sadness I confirm the death of Melonie Mitchell, a member of our NHS 111 team.

“Our condolences are with her family at this sad time. Melonie will be greatly missed by her friends and colleagues across the service.”



Mahadaye Jagroop.


Mahadaye Jagroop.

Mahadaye Jagroop

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Heartlands hospital
Date of death: 22 avril 2020

Mahadaye Jagroop, known as Mary, sadly died in Heartlands hospital, where she worked.

Lisa Stalley-Green, chief nurse at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS foundation trust, said: “It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of one of our highly valued colleagues, Mahadaye Jagroop – known to us as Mary – on 22 April, at Heartlands hospital.

“Mary was a respected and loved member of our team and touched the lives of many in her distinguished career as a nurse. This was demonstrated by the beautiful and heartfelt tribute by colleagues at Heartlands hospital this morning.

“Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mary’s family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.”



Angie Cunningham


Angie Cunningham.

Angie Cunningham

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: NHS Borders
Date of death: 22 avril 2020

Family and colleagues have paid tribute to a nurse and “much-loved wife, mother, sister, granny and great-granny” who has died after contracting coronavirus.

Angie had provided “amazing care” as a nurse for 30 years before she died at Borders General hospital on Wednesday, NHS Borders said.

In a joint statement with the trust’s chief executive, Ralph Roberts, Cunningham’s family said: “Angie was a much-loved wife, mother, sister, granny and great-granny, as well as a friend to many more. Angie worked in NHS Borders for over 30 years and during this time was a much-respected and valued colleague within the hospital, providing amazing care to patients.

“She was very proud to be a nurse alongside her love for her family. We ask that you respect the privacy of all involved at this time.”

Brigitte Anguma Eteli, 54

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Barnet hospital
Date of death: 21 avril 2020

Eteli worked as an NHS nurse and died after contracting Covid-19. A crowdfunder page set up for her reads: “Let’s all help her husband, Mamona Makiadi, and his family in their time of need. We are hoping to raise £10,500 to cover the funeral costs and get Mamona and his family through this difficult time.”

Anguma had worked as an NHS nurse in Barnet hospital for the past five years. She was described as “a lively person who loved her work, was an avid churchgoer and was a true family woman”. She leaves behind her husband, Mamona, their 21-year-old son, Aser, and 15-year-old daughter, Stephanie.



Felicity Siyachitema


Felicity Siyachitema.

Felicity Siyachitema, 51

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Unknown
Date of death: 21 avril 2020

Siyachitema died of Covid-19 at Southend hospital in London. A spokesperson for the family, Frederick Siyachitema, said: “A dark cloud has befallen our family. Fellie passed away in a London hospital where she was admitted.

“We are in pain as a family. She was a strong woman, who was always supportive of her family. She was a helpful person, a hard worker, a mother and a dedicated nurse.”

Frederick said his sister came to the UK from Zimbabwe in 2002. “What is more painful is that we cannot attend the burial of our sister due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic,” he said.

“Our prayer is that after the pandemic, we will then be able to go to the UK and see her place of final rest. It is a very difficult situation for the whole family.”




Katy Davis



Katy Davis.

Katy Davis, 38

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: University hospital Southampton
Date of death: 21 avril 2020

Davis had tested positive for coronavirus on admission to hospital. She had an underlying health condition and had been unwell for some time before her admission. She died on the evening of Tuesday 21 April at Southampton general hospital.

Paula Head, the chief executive at UHS, said: “I want to pay tribute to Katy who sadly passed away on Tuesday. Katy has been described by her colleagues where she worked in child health as a nurse people would aspire to be like and that nursing was more than just a job to her.

“On behalf of everyone here at UHS, including our patients and the communities we serve, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to her family.”



Medhat Atalla.


Medhat Atalla.

Medhat Atalla

Occupation: Consultant geriatrician
Place of work: Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Date of death: 21 avril 2020

Atalla was described as “hugely popular” and a “respected colleague”. He became a full-time member of the hospital’s trust in 2014, but had worked with elderly patients in the north of England since the early 2000s.

In a joint statement, Dr Tim Noble, medical director, and Richard Parker OBE, chief executive at Doncaster and Bassetlaw teaching hospitals, said: “A hugely popular and respected colleague, Dr Atalla was a very special human being who practised medicine across three continents throughout his career, affecting the lives of so many in such a positive way. He was a truly gentle gentleman and he will be hugely missed by us all.

“We would also like to take a moment to thank colleagues who cared for Medhat during his illness, and who did all they could to care for and support him as he bravely battled Covid-19.

“As a trust, we share our deepest sympathies with Dr Atalla’s brother and sister, and loved ones in Egypt, and we ask that the media respect their wishes during this extremely challenging time.”



Sharon and Michael Bamford


Sharon and Michael Bamford.

Sharon Bamford

Occupation: Healthcare assistant
Place of work: Singleton hospital
Date of death: 21 avril 2020

Bamford, a healthcare assistant at Singleton hospital in Swansea, died 21 April 2020. Her husband, Malcolm, also died recently from coronavirus. Both were being treated in the intensive care unit at Swansea’s Morriston hospital.

Jan Worthing, director of Singleton hospital said: Sharon was highly thought of by all the patients who have used the services, and loved by her colleagues and friends within the team.

“Sharon’s sad death will leave a massive void within the team and within the Singleton family.

“Our thoughts and condolences are obviously with their sons Craig and Chris at this devastating time, with the loss of both Sharon and Malcolm. We offer our most sincere condolences to Sharon’s family, friends and colleagues at this extremely sad time.”




Ann Shepherd



Ann Shepherd.

Ann Shepherd, 80

Occupation: Counsellor
Place of work: Derbyshire healthcare NHS foundation
Date of death: Unknown
Shepherd had worked in mental health services across D​erbyshire for the last 26 years and lived in Leicester. She had underlying health conditions and contracted Covid-19. She died in hospital.

Ifti Majid, the chief executive of Derbyshire healthcare NHS foundation trust, said: “Ann was a wonderful colleague, held in very high esteem by all she worked with. She was truly devoted to her work and her patients and was inspirational in her field.

“She was also a phenomenal character, full of colour and sparkle.

“Ann always made time for members of her team. I understand that even after her provisional diagnosis of Covid-19, Ann would call to check if colleagues were OK and if they needed any support.

“Ann was a true professional, who touched the lives of many. She made a tremendous difference to a lot of people’s lives and she was highly respected by patients and colleagues alike.”

Ann’s colleagues at Moir medical centre have also expressed how valued Ann was as a member of their team, saying: “The team at Moir medical centre are deeply saddened by the loss of Ann. Based at the Moir medical centre for over 26 years, Ann was an integral and highly regarded member of our team.

“Ann was more than a work colleague. Her support for other members of the practice team and her contribution to life within the practice was outstanding. She could always be relied upon for honest and compassionate advice for patients and staff.

“She had a huge impact on her patients who would speak favourably of their treatment with her for years afterwards. Her enthusiasm for her work was an inspiration to all. She will be sincerely missed.”

Ian Reynolds

Occupation: Paramedic
Place of work: London ambulance service
Date of death: Unknown
Reynolds was a paramedic at New Addington. He worked for the service for 32 years and was still as active as ever until falling ill with Covid-19 in March.

The London ambulance service said: “A wise, experienced and popular man, he had time for everybody and could relate to his colleagues, members and patients alike – regardless of their background or identity – with an ease that endeared him to everyone he came across.

“He will be deeply missed by his union comrades, his Croydon ambulance family, his boys Jack and Ben (of whom he was immeasurably proud) and his wife, Sian, whom he loved with all his heart.”




Dawn Marshall



Dawn Marshall.

Dawn Marshall

Occupation: Support time recovery worker
Place of work: Hallam Street hospital
Date of death: Unknown

Marshall died from complications caused by Covid-19. Black Country Healthcare said she was “a valued member” of their organisation for almost 10 years, working at Hallam Street hospital, Macarthur Centre, and more recently as a support time recovery worker based at Quayside House in Oldbury.

“She was always very helpful and supportive to her colleagues and was able to build a real rapport with the service users she worked with. She had an incredible bubbly character and was always breaking out in song,” a statement on the trust’s website read.

”Whenever Dawn took time to reflect on her career within the NHS, she always said that making sure her patients knew there was a life to live beyond their mental health was her priority.

“She will be sorely missed but fondly remembered by all who knew her.”

They added: “We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Dawn’s family and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.”




Julie Penfold



Julie Penfold.

Julie Penfold, 53

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Wirral university teaching hospital NHS foundation trust
Date of death: Unknown

Penfold was admitted to Arrowe Park hospital, where she worked as a healthcare assistant and then a nurse for many years, after contracting coronavirus.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Wirral University teaching hospital NHS foundation trust said:

“Heartfelt tributes have been paid to WUTH staff nurse, Julie Anna (Julie) Penfold, who sadly passed away as a result of Covid-19.”



Kirsty Jones


Kirsty Jones.

Kirsty Jones, 41

Occupation: Healthcare support worker
Place of work: NHS Lanarkshire
Date of death: 20 avril 2020

Jones took up a post with NHS Lanarkshire straight from school at 17. The mother-of-two spent much of her career working with older patients at University hospital Wishaw, and was loved “due to her bubbly character”.

She recently took up a new role helping on the frontline, at an assessment centre in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire. After contracting Covid-19, Jones died on 20 April.

Miharajiya Mohideen

Occupation: Adult care nurse
Place of work: Newham general hospital
Date of death: 20 avril 2020

Mohideen died on the evening of 20 April. She had been working at Newham general hospital as an adult care nurse for several years. After contracting Covid-19 she was admitted to King George hospital and transferred to ITU. She was there for about 13 days before her death.

Her son has set up a crowdfunder to raise £10,000 for water wells to be built in her memory in either in Sierra Leone or Malawi. Javed Mohideen said: “May Allah protect us and our families from this disease and give us the ability to prepare for our death.”




Graham Thorne.



Graham Thorne. Photograph: Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS/PA

Graham Thorne, 58

Occupation: Maintenance worker
Place of work: Bedford hospital
Date of death: 20 avril 2020

Thorne had been treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit for over a fortnight. He was a member of the estates and maintenance team at Bedford hospital and continued working as the outbreak began, before falling ill at the end of March.

The hospital’s chief executive, David Carter, said: “Graham was a quiet and friendly member of the team who was incredibly diligent at his work and who will be greatly missed.

“We are saddened to lose another much-loved member of the Bedfordshire hospitals family and our thoughts and condolences are with Graham’s family and colleagues at this incredibly sad time. We ask that the family’s privacy is respected at this time.”




Charlie Goodwin.



Charlie Goodwin. Photograph: Daniel and Julie Goodwin/PA

Charlie Goodwin, 61

Occupation: Paramedic
Place of work: First 4 Care
Date of death: 20 avril 2020

Goodwin worked as an ambulance driver for First 4 Care for more than 20 years. He tested positive for the covid-19 virus and was admitted to intensive care, but sadly passed away after 11 “extremely difficult” days on April 20.

Goodwin leaves behind his wife, Julie, 55, and three children, Daniel, 25, Catherine, 26 and Sarah, 32.

Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Julie Goodwin, of Bilsthorpe, said they had been married for 26 years.

“He was very kind and had an extra special relationship with his son because he supported Manchester City and his son supported Manchester United, which led to some interesting moments in the house,” she said.

“He was totally dedicated to his job. He loved the job and he wanted to get straight out there [during the pandemic]».




Grant Maganga



Grant Maganga.

Grant Maganga

Occupation: Mental health nurse
Place of work: Pennine Care NHS foundation trust
Date of death: 20 avril 2020

Maganga qualified as a mental health nurse in 2009 and had worked at Hurst Place, a 15-bed step-down rehabilitation unit for men with severe mental illness and complex needs, since it opened 10 years ago.

Pennine Care NHS foundation trust said: “We’re devastated about the death of our friend and colleague, Grant Maganga, who sadly died from coronavirus.”




Dr Yusuf Patel



Dr Yusuf Patel.

Yusuf Patel

Occupation: GP
Place of work: Woodgrange NHS medical practice
Date of death: 20 April 2020

Patel was a GP partner and founder of the Woodgrange NHS medical practice in Forest Gate, east London, and had been treated at Queen’s hospital in Romford.

His practice described the “immeasurable pain” of losing their colleague. In a statement, it said: “It is with a very heavy heart that we have to inform you of the sad loss of Dr Yusuf Ismail Patel, GP principal and founder of Woodgrange NHS medical practice.

“After a valiant struggle with Covid, Dr Patel finally succumbed to his illness on Monday 20 April.

“This is a tragic loss to all his family, friends, colleagues and patients. The pain is immeasurable. He has touched and enriched many lives and we miss him dearly.”




Sadeq Elhowsh



Sadeq Elhowsh.

Sadeq Elhowsh, 58

Occupation: Consultant orthopaedic surgeon
Place of work: St Helens and Knowsley teaching hospitals NHS trust
Date of death: 20 avril 2020

Elhowsh, a long-serving orthopaedic surgeon with St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, died at Whiston hospital. He had tested positive for coronavirus.

He is described as a loving husband and father to four sons who had dedicated over 17 years to the trust during his NHS career.

His family said: “Sadeq was a wonderful husband, as well as a devoted father, and he dearly loved his family. We cannot put into words the depth of our loss. He loved his work and was dedicated to supporting his patients and his colleagues. As a family we are extremely appreciative for all the kind words and messages we have received. We would like to take this time to grieve in private.”

Ravi Gudena, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, said: “Nothing was ever too much trouble for Sadeq, he was always there to help anyone and was happy to do whatever was needed to help his colleagues and patients.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up by his colleagues at the trust to support his family.




Craig Wakeham



Craig Wakeham.

Craig Wakeham

Occupation: GP
Place of work: Cerne Abbas surgery
Date of death: Unknown

Married father-of-two Dr Craig Wakeham was a doctor at the Cerne Abbas surgery in Dorset for three decades.

His colleagues at the surgery said: “We are very saddened to inform our patients that Dr Wakeham died at the weekend. He had been fighting the coronavirus in Dorset County hospital for many days.

“His industry and innovation led our practice for 30 years.

“He was also a leading light in both the clinical commissioning group and local medical committee, as well as a devoted husband and father to his two boys.

“His legacy lives on in our patients who he cared for diligently, and in the good name he built for our surgery.”

Patricia Miller, the chief executive of Dorset County hospital, where he died, said: “Craig was a fantastic GP, always professional, kind and dedicated. Dorset will be poorer without him.”




Manjeet Singh Riyat



Manjeet Singh Riyat

Manjeet Singh Riyat

Occupation: Emergency consultant
Place of work: Royal Derby hospital
Date of death: 20 avril 2020

Riyat has been described as “the father of the current emergency department” by his colleagues.

In a tribute, speaking on behalf of the emergency department team at Royal Derby hospital, consultant Susie Hewitt said: “Manjeet was enormously valued and much loved as a colleague, supervisor and mentor as well as for his wise counsel and discreet support in tough times.

“For many, Manjeet was considered the father of the current emergency department in Derby and many more will reflect on how his inspiration has shaped their own careers.”




Gerallt Davies



Gerallt Davies

Gerallt Davies

Occupation: Paramedic
Place of work: Welsh Ambulance Service
Date of death: 20 avril 2020

Davies died after contracting Covid-19, the Welsh Ambulance Service said. Jason Killens, chief executive at the trust, said: “Today, Monday 20 April 2020, the Welsh Ambulance Service lost its first colleague to Covid-19.

“Gerallt Davies MBE was a paramedic at Cwmbwrla station in Swansea and his passing is a devastating blow for us all.

“Gerallt, who joined the service in 1994, was not just a valued member of our team but of St John Cymru Wales, where he was national operations officer, a role for which he was awarded an MBE in 2019 for his services to first aid provision in Wales.

“Gerallt’s loss will be sorely felt by everyone here, and we extend our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to his family.

“Our focus now is on supporting Gerallt’s family and bereaved colleagues at this very difficult time.”



Chrissie Emerson


Chrissie Emerson

Chrissie Emerson

Occupation: Healthcare assistant
Place of work: Queen Elizabeth hospital, King’s Lynn
Date of death: Unknown

Emerson was described as a “much loved wife to Michael and cherished mother and grandmother” in a joint statement released by Caroline Shaw and Prof Steve Barnett, the hospital’s chief executive and chairman respectively.

They added: “Everyone at QEH is today coming to terms with the devastating news that one of our own healthcare assistants has died after testing positive for Covid-19. The whole family at QEH is deeply saddened at losing Chrissie Emerson, who was such a valued colleague.

“We have been in touch with Chrissie’s family to extend our condolences on behalf of everyone at QEH and to offer appropriate support. We have informed our staff about this upsetting news and offered support to those who knew and worked closely with Chrissie.

“We have a range of support and counselling services available to our staff to support them during this incredibly difficult time, during which we continue to focus on delivering safe care to our patients and maximising support for our staff who are working in conditions that are difficult and challenging for everyone.”

Patrick McManus, 60

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: County hospital, Stafford
Date of death: Unknown

McManus, originally from Ireland, had worked in Stafford for about 10 years, after a spell at North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary in Stoke.

Tracy Bullock, the chief executive of University hospitals North Midlands NHS trust, which runs County hospital, wrote in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of staff has passed away due to Covid-19.

“Patrick McManus was an extremely well-liked and valued member of the nursing team at County hospital, Stafford. He had been a nurse for more than 40 years and had worked at North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary prior to working in Stafford, where he had been for about 10 years.

“He was a lovable character and brought kindness and compassion to all his patients, which was acknowledged by the number of compliments and thank-you messages he received.”

Keith Dunnington, 54

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Queen Elizabeth hospital
Date of death: 19 avril 2020

Dunnington, from South Shields, died on 19 April. He worked as an agency nurse and most recently on the frontline of ward 12 at the Queen Elizabeth hospital.

In a message sent to staff, Yvonne Ormston, chief executive of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation trust, said: “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of Keith Dunnington. Keith was a long-serving staff nurse who worked on medical, surgical and elderly wards here at Gateshead Health NHS FT.

“Keith was a popular and hard-working member of our fantastic nursing team. He will be very missed by his coworkers here at the trust and by the patients he cared for.

“Keith most recently worked on ward 12, where his colleagues remember him very fondly. He was known for always having a positive outlook which others found really encouraging and for taking time to check-in with colleagues.

“On Sundays he put particular importance on everyone having a proper dinner and often arranged food for everyone. When not at work he volunteered at soup kitchens and spent time with his family, who he spoke so highly about.

“My thoughts are with Keith’s family, friends and colleagues at this incredibly sad and difficult time.”

Grace Kungwengwe

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: University hospital Lewisham
Date of death: 19 avril 2020

Kungwengwe was a dedicated nurse who loved her job. Tendai Kungwengwe, who has initiated a fundraising appeal for her said: “It is with greatest sadness that we confirm the death of our much-loved sister, mother, aunty, grandmother, colleague and friend Grace Kungwengwe who succumbed to Covid-19 on Sunday 19 April 2020 at Lewisham hospital where she worked as a frontline staff.

“Grace was a dedicated NHS worker who loved her job and was actively working until she tested positive of Covid-19.”



Margaret Tapley


Margaret Tapley

Margaret Tapley, 84

Occupation: Auxiliary nurse
Place of work: Whitney community hospital
Date of death: 19 avril 2020

Tapley worked as a healthcare assistant at Witney community hospital in Oxfordshire. Her granddaughter Hannah Tapley paid tribute to her on Facebook, calling her the “most hardworking, caring and perfect woman out there”.

Oxford Health NHS foundation trust said Tapley died in hospital in Swindon. The trust said she had worked her last shift on 10 April, adding: “Despite her advancing years, Margaret was determined to carry on caring and being part of her hospital family.”

Alice Sarupinda

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Walsall area
Date of death: Unknown

Sarupinda, originally from Zimbabwe, was a nurse in Walsall, West Midlands. Her fellow members of the United Methodist church took to social media on Friday to express their condolences following her death.



Khulisani Nkala


Khulisani Nkala

Khulisani Nkala, 46

Occupation: Mental health nurse
Place of work: Leeds and York NHS partnership foundation trust
Date of death: 17 April

Nkala was described by colleagues as someone who “always put the patient first” and had a smile that “lit up” a room. The trust where he worked provides mental health and learning disability services in Leeds and specialist services across Yorkshire.

The trust’s chief executive, Dr Sara Munro, said she also hoped he would be the last staff member the trust would lose to the disease.

“Khuli was a well-respected and selfless professional nurse, who always put the patient first, and will be greatly missed by his colleagues,” Dr Munro said.




Vivek Sharma



Vivek Sharma

Vivek Sharma

Occupation: Occupational therapist
Place of work: Medway community healthcare
Date of death: 17 April 2020

Sharma had been working for Medway community healthcare when he tested positive for Covid-19. James Devine, chief executive of Medway foundation trust, which runs Medway Maritime hospital, where Sharma also used to work, announced the death.

In a message to staff, he said: “I am sad to announce that Vivek Sharma, a former Medway staff member, died yesterday after testing positive for Covid-19.”

Sophie Fagan, 78

Occupation: Support worker
Place of work: Homerton university hospital, Hackney
Date of death: 19 avril 2020

Fagan arrived from India in 1961 aged 16 to begin her nurse training. She was not on the frontline fighting coronavirus but worked at Homerton liaising with people in her role supporting carers. She had worked in healthcare in Hackney for more than 50 years.

Homerton university hospital NHS foundation trust said Fagan was “part of the healthcare fabric in Hackney”.

Ade Dickson

Occupation: Mental health nurse
Place of work: Barnet, Enfield and Haringey mental health trust
Date of death: Unknown

Dickson died due to coronavirus, with the trust saying he was “highly respected”. A spokesperson from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust said: “We are very sad to confirm the loss of our colleague and friend Ade Dickson.

“Ade previously worked for our early intervention service in Haringey as a care coordinator. He later left the trust but worked for us in a number of roles through an agency. Most recently, Ade had been working in the Barnet Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team.

“Ade was a highly respected colleague who will be deeply missed by his family, friends, trust staff and patients. We ask that you please respect their privacy at this difficult time.”



Linda Clarke


Linda Clarke

Linda Clarke, 66

Occupation: Midwife
Place of work: Royal Albert Edward Infirmary
Date of death: 17 avril 2020

Linda Clarke worked as a delivery suite coordinator at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary. She had worked in the maternity service for 30 years, with trust chiefs saying she had “brought many new lives into the borough”.

In a statement, Silas Nicholls, chief executive at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS trust, said: “We can sadly confirm that a member of our staff, Linda Clarke, tragically passed away on April 17. Linda was 66 and worked in our maternity service for 30 years, bringing many new lives into our borough and caring for expectant mums in our community.”



Ruben Muñoz Jr


Ruben Muñoz Jr

Ruben Muñoz Jr

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: East Surrey hospital
Date of death: 17 avril 2020

Ruben Muñoz Jr had worked for the NHS since 2010 and selflessly helped to look after patients with Covid-19.

A crowdfunder page set up for his family reads: “Not all of you might know him, but he was a very kind, funny and hardworking person. Patients always liked him. He was a good son, a good husband to his wife, and a good father for his two children.

“My fellow colleagues and I from Woodland ward decided to put up a fundraiser to assist his grieving family. We want to give back for the service and time he gave to the NHS.”




Simon Guest



Simon Guest

Simon Guest

Occupation: Radiographer
Place of work: Furness general hospital
Date of death: Unknown

Simon Guest died after being treated for the virus at the hospital’s intensive care unit. The chief executive of the trust which runs Furness general hospital said Guest would be “truly missed”.

Aaron Cummins, of the Morecambe Bay hospitals trust, said: “I know how respected Simon was, and how truly missed he will be. We are all devastated by the news, and determined to support Simon’s family and friends and ensure his memory will live on.”



Brian Mfula


Brian Mfula.

Brian Mfula

Occupation: Lecturer in mental health nursing
Place of work: Swansea University
Date of death: 17 avril 2020

Brian Mfula worked for Swansea University and was described by students as an “inspiring teacher”. Prof Ceri Phillips, head of the college of human and health sciences at Swansea, said the college had “been inundated with messages of condolence, all of which pay warm and heartfelt tribute to a dear friend and colleague”.

He added: “Students have described Brian as an inspiring teacher and role model who taught from the heart, and had a passion for mental health and nursing.

“Colleagues from across the college have made reference to his generous spirit, his warm personality and his highly infectious laugh, all of which made others feel good simply by being in his presence. His colleagues have also described him as a lovely man who will be sorely missed by themselves and his students.

“Brian was also recognised as a dedicated family man, and our thoughts and prayers are extended to his wife, Mercy, and children Kato, Nkweto, Thabo and Thandiwe, for their tragic loss.”




Gladys Mujajati.



Gladys Mujajati. Photograph: Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust/PA

Gladys Mujajati, 46

Occupation: Mental health nurse
Place of work: Derbyshire healthcare NHS foundation trust
Date of death: Unknown

Gladys Mujajati, from Littleover in Derbyshire, died in hospital earlier this week, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS trust said.

The 46-year-old had an underlying health condition “and had stepped away from frontline duties in recent weeks”, a spokesman added. Ifti Majid, the trust’s chief executive, said staff were “devastated by her loss”.



Jenelyn Carter


Jenelyn Carter.

Jenelyn Carter, 41

Occupation: Healthcare assistant
Place of work: Morriston hospital
Date of death: unknown

Jenelyn Carter was born in the Philippines and lived in south Wales. She was treated by her own colleagues after being admitted for the virus but died. Swansea Bay University health board announced her death saying she was “well loved” by patients and colleagues.

A spokeswoman said: “We are deeply saddened to report that one of our healthcare assistants who was being treated for Covid-19 has died.

“Jenelyn Carter worked on the admissions ward at Morriston hospital and was well loved by all her colleagues and patients.”




Josephine Matseke Manini Peter.



Josephine Matseke Manini Peter. Photograph: Family Handout/PA

Josephine Matseke Manini Peter, 56

Occupation: Locum nurse
Place of Work: Southport hospital NHS trust
Date of death: 18 avril 2020

Peter was born and raised in South Africa. She was a member of the South African Nursing Council and later of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

She graduated in 1998 as a professional nurse in South Africa and got a job in the UK in 2002 at Princess Margaret hospital in Windsor. She later moved to London and worked for Care UK and then joined the Hillingdon NHS trust, majoring in gynaecology and obstetrics. She later worked as a locum nurse via an agency. Her last job was at Southport hospital NHS trust.

The morning of her death her husband, Thabo, received a telephone call from the intensive care registrar informing him that mechanical ventilation was no longer benefiting her. She leaves behind her husband and two children, Bongani and Buhle, who have both returned to live in South Africa. She also has a granddaughter, five sisters and one brother.



Michael Allieu


Michael Allieu.

Michael Allieu, 55

Occupation: Staff nurse
Place of work: Homerton University hospital
Date of death: 18 avril 2020

Michael Allieu died at Homerton university hospital in Hackney, London, where he had worked as a staff nurse since 2007. The trust’s chief executive, Tracey Fletcher, said: “Michael was a vibrant, larger-than-life character on our acute care unit, and was well known and very well liked throughout the hospital. He will be greatly missed by all his colleagues both in the ACU [acute care unit] and the wider Homerton hospital community. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this sad time.”

Nick Joseph

Occupation: Hospital porter
Place of work: Whittington hospital
Date of death: unknown

Nick Joseph was given the nickname “the general” by colleagues at the Whittington hospital in north London where he had worked for 17 years.



Ate Wilma Banaag


Ate Wilma Banaag.

Ate Wilma Banaag

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Watford general hospital
Date of death: unknown

Ate Wilma Banaag came to the UK on 21 January 2001 and had worked in Watford general hospital at Croxley ward since then. She spent her last days working in a Covid-19 ward where she became infected.

A crowdfunder page set up for her reads: “She is a devoted mother of three and a loving wife to Kuya Jun. Everything that is raised in this fund will help with the cost of her cremation service and financial support to her family. We will miss your smile Ate, Rest in Peace.”

Esther Akinsanya

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Date of death: 15 avril 2020

Chief executive of the trust Ben Travis saod it was “the darkest week since Lewisham and Greenwich NHS trust was formed seven years ago,” and announced a fundraising page had been set up in memory of “much-loved colleagues”.

Travis said in a statement on Tuesday: “Sadly, I can confirm that Esther Akinsanya and Grace Kungwengwe, two members of staff, have passed away.”

“Many colleagues will have worked with Esther and Grace, and our thoughts are with their families, loved ones and colleagues during this desperately sad time.

“We have set up a fundraising page to support the families of colleagues who have died.”



Dr. Rajesh Kalraiya


Dr. Rajesh Kalraiya.

Rajesh Kalraiya, 70

Occupation: Consultant paediatrician
Place of work: North East London NHS trust
Date of death: 15 avril 2020

Rajesh Kalraiya, a consultant paediatrician, was originally from Nagpur in India. His cousin, Arun Kalraiya, said: “He died at Queens Hospital, Romford, Essex and had worked at hospitals in Isle of Wight, Poole, Cumbria, Essex and the Midlands. He has left his legacy wherever he worked and was acknowledged as an extraordinary doctor. He was highly committed, hardworking, caring and passionate about his job and made a difference to the lives of his patients.”

One of his colleagues Dr Ewa Szynaka, a consultant paediatrician at Isle of Wight hospital, said: “It was a great privilege to have worked with Dr Rajesh Kalraiya I am filled with immense gratitude for his kindness and support to the staff and patients. He was wonderful doctor with a beautiful soul”.

He helped various charity organisations and recently donated a large sum of money to the centre for advance training and research in Cancer (ACTRECT) Khargar, in Mumbai, India. He did so in memory of his brother Dr Rajiv Kalraiya who was a senior research scientist at the Institute.

His cousin said: “He was a loving son, brother, uncle, cousin, colleague and faithful friend. All will dearly miss him.”

Barry England

Occupation: Senior paramedic
Place of work: East of England ambulance service
Date of death: 17 avril 2020

Barry England was a leading operations manager in Hemel Hempstead and described by the East of England ambulance service as “a hugely valued friend and colleague”.

A statement from the trust said: “We offer our sincere condolences to Barry’s family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time. The trust is offering its support to Barry’s family and we will not be making any further announcements at this stage.”

A statement issued on behalf of his family said: “Their hearts are broken at this sudden loss,” and that Barry was extremely proud to have worked for the ambulance service for over 33 years.

They thanked all the NHS staff who cared for Barry in hospital and former colleagues for their support.



Jane Murphy


Jane Murphy

Jane Murphy, 73

Occupation: Clinical support worker
Place of work: Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
Date of death: Unknown

Jane Murphy worked at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for almost 30 years, first as a cleaner before she retrained as a clinical support worker. Tributes from colleagues hailed her as a mentor and lifelong friend.

Murphy had been placed on sick leave when the coronavirus outbreak emerged because of her age. Elaine Sibbald, a friend, said: “Jane would help anybody out, but would tell you if you were wrong. She had the biggest heart, and was always there if I needed her.

“As a friend she loved when you took her shopping. She loved life, being in her PJs sitting at the kitchen table watching TV. She was a star, and a big loss to everyone that met her.”

The family of a long-serving doctor who died after contracting coronavirus have paid tribute to him as an “honest, kind and generous man who was deeply respected”.



Dr Kamlesh Kumar Masson


Dr Kamlesh Kumar Masson. Photograph: NHS Thurrock CCG/PA

Kamlesh Kumar Masson, 78

Occupation: GP
Place of work: Locum work across Thurrock and Basildon
Date of death: 16 avril 2020

Masson died on 16 April, aged 78, having worked in the NHS for 47 years. He founded Milton Road surgery in Grays, Essex, in 1985 and worked there until 2017, after which he did locum work across Thurrock and Basildon.

His family, who described him as someone who “would have wanted to practise medicine for many more years to come”, said he last worked on 12 March, adding that his career “came to an unexpected end last month, when he unfortunately contracted Covid-19”.

They described him as “an excellent clinician whose drive to constantly improve his clinical skills and knowledge with passion and enthusiasm will remain with us all as a reminder to always try to be the best”.

The family added: “Dr Masson was an honest, kind and generous man who was deeply respected by anyone who was privileged to cross paths with him. He was jovial, funny and kind, always wanting to make the best of any situation.”

He was well-known locally and recognised as a “dedicated, determined, positive individual who would always do his utmost to help in all endeavours”, they added.

The family thanked the staff at University College London hospital who “fought tirelessly” to try to save him.

Dr Anil Kallil, a fellow GP and chairman of NHS Thurrock CCG, said: “We were very sad to hear of the passing of Dr Masson. He was a well-respected and liked GP in Thurrock, with a significant contribution over the last 30 years in the borough caring for patients and providing support.

“Later he provided GP services in both Thurrock and Basildon. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr Masson for his commitment and passion and our condolences to his family for their loss.”

Dr Adegboyega Tayo, the chairman of NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG, said: “In the latter part of his career Dr Masson has been a valued member of the team at the Murree Medical Practice and has been able to support patients in Basildon with his wisdom built over such a long and valued career of service in the NHS.

“He was much respected and a well-liked member of the primary care community. He will be missed by all those who knew him.”

Dr Masson completed his medical training in India and also worked as a doctor in east Africa. He worked in different parts of the UK before settling in Essex in 1975.



Andy Stamp.


Andy Stamp

Andy Stamp, 65

Occupation: IT department
Place of work: Alder Hey children’s hospital
Date of death: 16 avril 2020

Stamp was known throughout Liverpool by his DJ stage name, Jaye. He regularly performed at iconic clubs in the city including the Grafton and the Coconut Grove. He also worked in the IT department at Alder Hey children’s hospital and had been travelling to the hospital to keep its computer systems on track during the pandemic.

His close friend Ian “Kay” Roach, also a DJ, told the Liverpool Echo that Stamp was a “great fella who always made you feel like a million dollars”.

He added: “Andy was a larger-than-life character. I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about him. If you had a problem, he’d try and help you.”

Gordon Ballard

Occupation: Logistics manager
Place of work: London ambulance service
Date of death: 15 avril 2020

Gordon Ballard, from east London, an ambulance service worker for 42 years, died of the virus. A London ambulance spokesman said: “He will be greatly missed.”



Dr Krishan Arora.


Dr Krishan Arora.

Krishan Arora, 57

Occupation: GP
Place of work: Violet Lane medical practice
Date of death: 15 avril 2020

Krishan Arora worked at the Violet Lane medical practice in Croydon, south London, for 27 years. Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) confirmed he had died after testing positive for Covid-19, adding that he was not at work in the time before he died.

Paying tribute to Arora, Dr Agnelo Fernandes, the GP borough lead for Croydon, said: “We are all greatly saddened by the death of Dr Krishan Arora. Krish was extremely well liked and worked tirelessly to care for his patients and improve services for everyone in Croydon.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Krish’s family, friends and close colleagues at this difficult time. We will miss him.”



Julianne Cadby


Julianne Cadby.

Julianne Cadby

Occupation: Business manager
Place of work: Cardiff and Vale University health board
Date of death: 15 avril 2020

Cadby was a business manager for Cardiff and Vale University health board’s specialist child and adolescent mental health services. She had worked in the specialist service for more than 16 years, and had been with the health board for 30 years, beginning her career as a medical secretary across a range of departments.

She died just four days after her 84-year-old mother, Joan, passed away from the same virus. She is survived by her seven-year-old son, Evan, who is being looked after by other family members while his father, Chris, 43, is in hospital with Covid-19. A crowdfunder has been set up for Evan.

A statement from the health board said: “It is with profound sadness that we must inform you that Julianne Cadby has passed away after testing positive for Covid-19.

“Julianne was a much-loved member of our team. She was extremely warm and caring and would always make time to help and support her colleagues.”




Brian Darlington



Brian Darlington.

Brian Darlington

Occupation: Hospital porter
Place of work: Mid Cheshire hospitals
Date of death: Unknown

Brian Darlington was known for handing out sweets to his colleagues as a porter with Mid Cheshire hospitals, where he worked for over 20 years. He died at Leighton hospital after contracting Covid-19, a spokesman for the hospital trust said.

His wife, Ava, said: “We were married for 46 years and Brian was a great husband, as well as father and grandfather.” The trust’s chief executive, James Sumner, said: “Brian had dedicated over 20 years to the trust during his NHS career and will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked with him.

“He was without doubt a treasured member of the team at Mid Cheshire.”



Amrik Bamotra


Amrik Bamotra.

Amrik Bamotra, 63

Occupation: Radiology support worker
Place of work: King George hospital in Goodmayes
Date of death: 10 April 2020

Amrik Bamotra had been a radiology support worker at the King George hospital for the past four years and was a porter there before that. He is survived by his wife, daughter and son.

Tony Chambers, the chief executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge university hospitals trust, said: “Amrik was well-liked among his colleagues, who have shared how friendly, chatty and kind-hearted he was, and that he was caring and compassionate to all patients. They said he treated everyone like his own family.”



Lourdes Campbell


Lourdes Campbell.

Lourdes Campbell

Occupation: Healthcare assistant
Place of work: Bolton NHS foundation trust
Date of death: 15 April 2020

Lourdes Campbell was employed by Bolton NHS foundation trust. The chief executive, Fiona Noden, announced her death, saying: “It is with deep regret and huge sadness that I share with you the devastating news that we have lost a friend and colleague to the terrible Covid-19 virus.

“Lourdes Campbell, one of our healthcare assistants, died yesterday on our critical care unit. Lourdes, known as Des to her colleagues, had worked with us for nearly 13 years.”

She added: “She was a well-liked and valued member of the team, known for working extremely hard. She was dedicated to patient care and her colleagues respected her quiet, diligent and compassionate approach.”




Andrew Treble



Andrew Treble.

Andrew Treble, 57

Occupation: Theatre assistant
Place of work: Wrexham Maelor hospital
Date of death: 15 April 2020

Andrew Treble had worked at the hospital for almost 40 years. His 17-year-old daughter, Emily, said: “He was such a lovely man. I’m proud to call him my father. He’s helped me through so much and he has always been there for me.

“He always cheered me up by watching Laurel and Hardy together. He was so kind, so loving and he will be missed forever.”




Ade Raymond



Ade Raymond.

Ade Raymond, 48

Occupation: Healthcare assistant and first-year student mental health nurse
Place of work: Barnet, Enfield and Haringey (BEH) mental health trust in London
Date of death: 15 avril 2020

Ade Raymond was described by colleagues as a “compassionate” and “inspirational” man who had “always wanted to become a nurse”. The first-year student mental health nurse, studying at Middlesex University in north-west London, also worked part-time as a healthcare assistant.

Jinjer Kandola, the BEH trust chief executive, said Raymond was a “highly respected” team member.

She tweeted: “It is with great sadness that we confirm the loss of our colleague & friend Ade Raymond due to coronavirus. A much-valued member of the team who was studying for a nursing degree.”




Khalid Jamil



Khalid Jamil. Photograph: West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust/PA

Khalid Jamil, 57

Occupation: Healthcare assistant
Place of work: Watford General hospital
Date of death: 14 avril 2020

The father-of-two, who lived in St Albans, was a healthcare assistant and had been with West Hertfordshire hospitals NHS trust since March 2006.

His daughter Sumaiyah told the Watford Observer and Review her father was a “selfless” man who always put his family’s needs before his own, adding he used to always come home and share stories about his day and the patients he cared for.

She said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beautiful dad. He was an NHS hero who lost his life to coronavirus. In a matter of days his condition had deteriorated rapidly and it was very hard for our family to see him in such a vulnerable state.

“Many will describe my dad as always having a smile on his face. His loving and supportive nature extended to all his relatives, friends, colleagues, and patients. We cannot put into words the depth of his loss. He really was the heart of our family.

“He was a phenomenal father whom we will miss dearly and we will keep him in our prayers and cherish our memories with him forever.”

Sumaiyah has also recognised all of the NHS staff who are “working tirelessly” on the frontline to save lives, describing them as “true heroes”.




Healthcare assistant Juliet Alder.



Healthcare assistant Juliet Alder. Photograph: West London NHS Trust/PA

Juliet Alder, 58

Occupation: Healthcare assistant
Place of work: Hammersmith and Fulham mental health unit
Date of death: 14 avril 2020

Alder’s colleagues have launched a fundraiser in her memory. She started working at the West London NHS trust in 2016 as a healthcare assistant before moving to the Hammersmith and Fulhammental health unit where she supported older people in the last weeks of their life.

Her colleagues described her as a “kind, caring and thoughtful colleague”, adding: “She was compassionate to patients, colleagues and carers and maternal towards those who came in contact with her.”




Linette Cruz



Linnette Cruz.

Linnette Cruz, 51

Occupation: Dental nurse
Place of work: Swansea Bay University Health Board
Date of death: 14 avril 2020

Cruz was a senior head nurse at a dental practice in Sketty, a suburban district about two miles from Swansea city centre. She had been admitted to hospital in March after suffering Covid-19 symptoms. She is survived by her husband, Jeonardy, a son, Jeonard, a sister, Rose, and her parents.

Cruz trained in the Philippines before coming to Swansea. The owner of the practice she worked at, Nik Patel, paid tribute to her. She “brought love, light and joy to everyone around her”, he said.




Gaily Catalla



Gaily Catalla.

Gaily Catalla

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Kent hospitals
Date of death: unknown

Catalla, who lived in Maidstone, worked in Kent as a nurse. She had moved to the UK from the Philippines. Her friend Mary Arimas said: “She was a fierce frontliner who fought until the very end.”

Stephen Pearson, 51

Occupation: Mental health nurse
Place of work: Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear trust
Date of death: 13 April

Pearson was a mental health staff nurse working for Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS trust in the North of Tyne street triage team.

He had two daughters, Rebecca, 26, and Bethany, 20, and had been at the trust for more than 30 years, working at St George’s hospital in Morpeth, as well as HM Prison Durham, assisting people with their mental health needs.

His wife Anne said: “Steven was overweight but he was healthy and fit. It was so sudden.

“Bethany’s birthday is on 28 May and he will miss her 21st. Before the lockdown we were due to go on holiday to Bali on 15 June for her birthday. She has finished her law degree so it was a celebration.”



Amarante Dias


Amarante Dias.

Amarante Dias

Occupation: Endoscopy decontamination technician
Place of work: Weston general hospital in north Somerset
Date of death: 13 April 2020

Amarante Dias worked at Weston general hospital. Dr William Oldfield, the medical director at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS foundation trust, said: “Amarante will be greatly missed and we are ensuring that staff have access to support to help them at this difficult time. We will not be commenting further and ask that everybody respects the privacy of the family at their request.”

The Weston-super-Mare Association of Malayalees also paid tribute to Dias. In a post on Facebook, it said: “Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family, [Amarante Dias] will be deeply missed.”




Consultant Dr Peter Tun, who died after contracting coronavirus



Dr Peter Tun. Photograph: Family Handout/PA

Peter Tun, 62

Occupation: Associate specialist in neurorehabilitation
Place of work: Royal Berkshire hospital in Reading
Date of death: 13 April 2020

Dr Peter Tun had been in intensive care at Royal Berkshire hospital, where he worked. Royal Berkshire NHS foundation trust (RBFT) would not confirm if he had tested positive for Covid-19.

His sons said in a statement: “Our family is immensely proud of our superhero Dad. He used to say: ‘Treat all your patients like they are your own family,’ and this speaks to the type of character that he had. To us, he was simply the best human we know and we will miss him every day.”




Josiane Zauma Ebonja Ekoli, an agency nurse at Harrogate District Hospital



Josiane Zauma Ebonja Ekoli. Photograph: Family handout/PA

Josiane Zauma Ebonja Ekoli, 55

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Agency nurse
Date of death: 13 April 2020

Josiane Zauma Ebonja Ekoli had been ill for about a week when she was admitted to Leeds General Infirmary, a hospital where she used to work.

In a tribute, her daughter Naomie told the PA news agency she wanted her mother to be remembered as “God-fearing, strong, beautiful and caring”.

“It meant everything to be a nurse. She’s being doing it for as long as I remember, more than 30 years,” she said.

She added that her mother, who had worked on a coronavirus ward, called the provisions of personal protective equipment (PPE) available “poor”.

“If they don’t work, then we won’t be treated, so the least they could do is up the PPE so they can make sure it doesn’t happen to another family,” she said.

Jill Foster, the chief nurse at Harrogate and District NHS foundation trust, said Ekoli, known as Josie, was a “much-valued” member of staff.



Barbara Sage


Barbara Sage. Photograph: Marie Curie/PA

Barbara Sage, 68

Occupation: Palliative care nurse
Place of work: Marie Curie
Date of death: 12 April 2020

Sage spent over 40 years working in palliative care and became the first member of the Marie Curie nursing team to die of the disease. Her daughter, Donna, said: “Mum was kind and caring and fun … She loved life, her family, her grandkids and she loved her job.”

She added: “Mum started out as an ambulance driver in London when she was 18. It was that which made her want to become a nurse.

“She was a very warm person … I suppose she had all the normal attributes of a Marie Curie nurse. I guess you have to be like that in their line of work, don’t you? She was dedicated to caring for people.”




Melujean Ballesteros, a nurse from St Mary's hospital in London



Melujean Ballesteros. Photograph: Faz Ghooloo/GoFundMe

Melujean Ballesteros, 60

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: St Mary’s hospital in Praed Street, London
Date of death: 12 April 2020

Melujean Ballesteros was originally from the Philippines, and died at Royal Brompton hospital in Chelsea. Her son, Rainier, said his mum had a fever and a cough before her condition worsened.

He said: “[My mum] started her career at St Mary’s hospital in 2002; she loved her work as a nurse. She was a dedicated and very caring nurse.”

Rainier added that he convinced her to visit the hospital when her condition worsened. She is survived by Rainier, another son, Bryan, 38, who also lives in the Philippines, and her husband, Luis, 64, who lives in the UK.

A spokesman for Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust, which runs St Mary’s hospital, said: “We are very sad to confirm the death of one of our nurses, Melujean Ballesteros, who worked at St Mary’s hospital from 2002.

“Melujean was well-known across the hospital for her kindness and compassion. She made a big impact on the lives of her colleagues as well as her patients, and she will be greatly missed.”




Maureen Ellington



Maureen Ellington.

Maureen Ellington

Occupation: Healthcare assistant
Place of work: Southmead hospital in Bristol
Date of death: 12 April 2020

Maureen Ellington died in the early hours of Easter Sunday after testing positive for the virus. Colleagues at Southmead hospital described her as a “kind-hearted, compassionate and caring” person while her family said “she would light up any room she entered”.

Her manager, Suzanne Moss, said she and her team had been “devastated” by Maureen’s death. “To receive the sad news that an irreplaceable member of our team has sadly passed away has had a deeply devastating impact on us all.”

She added: “Maureen was a kind-hearted, compassionate and caring person and she brought all these attributes into her ward practice, which made her a highly valued member of the team.

“Maureen put the patients and colleagues before herself and always had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.”




Rahima Bibi Sidhanee



Rahima Bibi Sidhanee

Rahima Bibi Sidhanee, 68

Occupation: Care home nurse
Place of work: Grennell Lodge nursing home
Date of death: 12 avril 2020

Rahima Sidhanee, 68, refused to retire so she could continue helping others during the coronavirus outbreak. Her son Abu Sidhanee, 41, said: “She said the elderly people needed her and she actually started doing an extra shift. People were in need of her and she was there.”

She worked as a midwife and nurse after moving to Britain from Trinidad in the late 1960s. She had been working at the Grennell Lodge nursing and care home in Sutton, south London, for 20 years.




Kevin Smith



Kevin Smith.

Kevin Smith

Occupation: Plaster technician
Place of work: Doncaster and Bassetlaw teaching hospitals
Date of death: 12 April 2020

Kevin Smith had worked at Doncaster Royal Infirmary for over 35 years. Richard Parker, the chief executive at Doncaster and Bassetlaw teaching hospitals, said he was a well-respected and hugely popular member of the team, who “was renowned for his warm personality, diligence and compassion”.

He added: “I am incredibly thankful to colleagues who cared for Kevin, and for their tireless efforts during this time.”

Smith’s daughter, Ellie Whitley, wrote on Facebook: “It’s so overwhelming to see so many amazing comments for such an incredible person who loved his job and everyone he worked with for many years.

“Thank you everyone. We will all miss him greatly but never forget him, ever!”



Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong


Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong.

Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, 28

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Luton and Dunstable university hospital
Date of death: 12 April 2020

Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong was pregnant when she died, and her baby was delivered successfully. She had worked for five years at Luton and Dunstable university hospital. A hospital trust spokeswoman said the nurse’s child was “doing very well” but could give no further information.

Agyapong was admitted to hospital on 7 April, having tested positive for Covid-19 two days previously. David Carter, the chief executive of Bedfordshire hospitals NHS foundation trust, said she was a “fantastic nurse and a great example of what we stand for in this trust”.

“Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mary’s family and friends at this sad time,” he said.

Colleagues have paid tribute to Agyapong, who also went by her married name, Mary Boateng, on a fundraising page set up to support her family. One former colleague said Agyapong had “devoted her life to the NHS as a nurse”.




Cheryl Williams.



Cheryl Williams.

Cheryl Williams

Occupation: Housekeeper on hospital ward
Place of work: North Middlesex university hospital in Edmonton, north London
Date of death: 12 April 2020

Cheryl Williams worked as a housekeeper on an elderly patient ward, and died on Easter Sunday.

Sharing a picture of Williams on Facebook, the NHS trust said her contribution to patient care at the hospital was “irreplaceable”. North Middlesex university hospital NHS trust said: “With greatest sadness, we can confirm the death of our much-loved colleague Cheryl Williams.”



Gilbert Ricafuente Barnedo


Gilbert Barnedo Photograph: handout

Gilbert Barnedo

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: South-east London care home
Date of death: 11 April 2020

Barnedo had multiple sclerosis but despite this dedicated his life to helping others. A crowdfunder page set up for him reads: “He has been stable for so many years, however, recently he was blue lighted to the hospital for suffering with bilateral pneumonia and was later found out that he contracted Covid-19 which may have been the main cause of his rapid deterioration. He has fought very hard for many days, but eventually, his frail body was not able to take the disease full on. Shortly, he died of respiratory arrest.”

May Hernandez-Jequinto, one of those who set up the page, wrote: “News of the death across the globe daily has overwhelmed us more than we can imagine. Like anyone, who has lost a family member to this awful disease, Gilbert will never have a proper funeral ceremony he greatly deserves.”

He was born in Pasacao, Camarines Sur, Philippines, and trained as a nurse. He worked in nursing homes in later life.

“Despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and suffering with symptoms of this condition, he loved his job and was very committed to his patients and colleagues,” the crowdfunder page adds.



Oscar King, Jr.


Oscar King, Jr.

Oscar King Jr

Occupation: Porter
Place of work: John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford
Date of death: 11 April 2020

Oscar King Jr, a Filipino hospital porter, died on Saturday after contracting Covid-19. On a fundraiser page to support his family members, he was described as a “loving husband” as well as a “devoted father” to his 10-year-old daughter.

King Jr had worked at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford for more than 10 years, “always doing his job with great enthusiasm and joy”. His wife is also believed to have been taken to hospital with severe symptoms of the virus.




Charles Kwame Tanor



Charles Kwame Tanor

Charles Kwame Tanor

Occupation: Healthcare worker
Place of work: Unknown
Date of death: 11 avril 2020

Charles Kwame Tanor moved to Britain from Ghana and is survived by his partner and four-year-old son. He attended Achimota high school in Ghana and later the National Film and Television Institute. He helped to produce films in the late 1990s.

A fundraising page set up to support his family reads: “For those who knew Charles, he was a problem solver, ever so kind and always available to help even people he didn’t know. Charles died doing what he loves the most, helping the vulnerable.”




Sara Dee Trollope, 51, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.



Sara Dee Trollope with Boris Johnson. Photograph: Freya Trollope/PA

Sara Trollope, 51

Occupation: Matron for older adult mental health services
Place of work: Hillingdon hospital in greater London
Date of death: 11 April 2020

Sara Trollope was praised for her empathy and support for older people with dementia.

Dr Paul Hopper, the divisional medical director for Hillingdon, paid tribute to the mother of four: “Sara had that unbeatable combination of kindness, selflessness and total determination to get things right for patients. She was an example to every one of us.”




Gareth Roberts



Gareth Roberts.

Gareth Roberts, 65

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Prince Charles hospital in Merthyr Tydfil
Date of death: 11 April 2020

Gareth Roberts worked as a nurse across the Cardiff and Vale health board area for more than 40 years. The husband, father and grandfather died in hospital in Merthyr Tydfil. A friend said he had little to no protection from the virus, which the health board said it would investigate.

“He didn’t have PPE. In the beginning he said he didn’t have anything,” his childhood friend Janette Leonard said.

Roberts was also a husband to Linda, a father to Ceri and Dean and a grandfather to 16-year-old Zac, whom he and his wife brought up after their son Dean passed away 11 years ago.




Amor Gatinao



Amor Padilla Gatinao.

Amor Padilla Gatinao, 50

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: St Charles hospital in west London
Date of death: 10 April 2020

Amor Padilla Gatinao had worked in the NHS for 18 years, and her husband, Mario, said he believed she caught the virus while working at St Charles hospital. Speaking to Sky News, he said: “Our youngest child is 14 years old and it is so hard. The pain is unbearable.

“I called the ambulance and they came to the house but refused to admit her to the hospital. They told her to take paracetamol. Her whole body was in pain. She couldn’t eat. She was diabetic and also had a heart condition.

“I don’t know why the government did not do more to protect NHS workers, like my wife. She was neglected. My children’s lives will never be the same again.”

Padilla Gatinao was a clinical nurse assessor who moved to the UK in 2002.




Leilani Medel



Leilani Medel.

Leilani Medel, 41

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: A number of local hospitals in Wales
Date of death: 10 April 2020

Leilani Medel was a nurse in Bridgend, where she had lived for more than 10 years working in care homes and hospitals. Her aunt, Shiela Ancheta, who lives in the Philippines, has paid tribute to her niece. “We are very sad because we can’t go there to visit her family because of the travel ban. Although she was my niece, she is six years older than me. She was like my older sister,” she said.

Also posting on Facebook on Good Friday, Ancheta said: “In this distressed time, we express our love, concern and condolences to the bereaved family of my niece, Leilani Medel, 41, from Bridgend, Wales, born in Divisoria, Santiago City, who passed away due to Covid-19 pandemic.”




Donna Campbell



Donna Campbell.

Donna Campbell, 54

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Velindre cancer centre in Cardiff
Date of death: 10 avril 2020

Donna Campbell was described by colleagues as a “beautiful, kind-hearted friend”. She had worked at the cancer centre for many years, initially as a volunteer.

Velindre university NHS trust said: “She was often found singing and dancing, entertaining patients and staff, making everyone smile. Donna will always have a special place in our hearts and we will all want to send our heartfelt sympathy and love to her family at this very difficult time.”




Julie Omar



Julie Omar.

Julie Omar, 52

Occupation: Orthopaedic nurse
Place of work: Alexandra hospital in Redditch
Date of death: 10 avril 2020

A highly experienced trauma and orthopaedic nurse, Julie Omar had been self-isolating at home after developing symptoms, Worcestershire acute hospitals NHS trust said. Her condition deteriorated and she died at home.

She leaves behind her husband, Laith, and a grown-up daughter.

The trust’s chief executive, Matthew Hopkins, said: “It is with great sorrow that I have to share with you the sad news that a much-loved member of our nursing team – Julie Omar – has died.”

He added: “Julie was a dedicated and highly experienced trauma and orthopaedics nurse who had most recently been working as a sister on ward 14 at the Alexandra, but she will also be known to many of you on the Worcester site from her time with the trauma team there.”




Elbert Rico



Elbert Rico

Elbert Rico

Occupation: Hospital porter
Place of work: John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford
Date of death: 10 avril 2020

Elberto Rico, who was Filipino, died on Friday from suspected coronavirus. He was a father and a husband who had been working as a porter at the John Radcliffe hospital since he arrived in the UK in 2004.

A fundraiser set up by his daughter, Carla Rico, said: “He was always working and would prioritise others’ needs firsts. He would walk around the hospital with a smile on his face and very rarely would he call in sick from work.”




Liz Shale



Liz Shale. Photograph: Family Handout/PA

Liz Shale, 61

Occupation: NHS admin worker
Place of work: East Surrey hospital
Date of death: 9 avril 2020

Shale worked for the NHS for 20 years but spent the last decade working in palliative care in Bradford.

Her eldest son, Jason Shale, 34, told the Sun: “When all this started she wanted to continue going into work.

“She was one of those bubbly people who liked to motivate everyone. She just continued trying to do that until she became ill.

“She was initially told she had flu but she was eventually taken into hospital.”



Joanna Klenczon


Joanna Klenczon.

Joanna Klenczon, 34

Occupation: Cleaning teams
Place of work: Northampton general hospital
Date of death: 9 April 2020

Klenczon had worked at Northampton for 10 years managing cleaning teams. A statement from the hospital confirmed she died on 9 April after “receiving the best care we could provide”.

The hospital added: “Her colleagues remember her as someone who was courteous, polite, a good organiser and team member who set high standards, and was prepared to go the extra mile.

“Our thoughts are with Joanna’s family at this time and we offer them our sincere condolences.”



Abdul Gellaledin.


Abdul Gellaledin.

Abdul Gellaledin, 53

Occupation: Ambulance care assistant
Place of work: Kingston hospital
Date of death: 9 April 2020

Gellaledin was described as a family man who was much adored in the community. He left behind two sons, 11 and 16, as well as a daughter aged 20. He arrived in the UK from Sudan over 30 years ago and worked transporting elderly patients to and from Kingston hospital and care homes. He was also known by many in the community as driver for London United bus company for nearly a decade.

“Abdul and his crew mates developed symptoms for Covid-19 and they decided to immediately self-isolate for a period of two weeks due a continuous cough, fever and persistent headaches. He self-isolated for a period of nine days where his condition began to worsen and subsequently was brought into hospital in an ambulance with severe breathing difficulties which coincided with the aforementioned fever and cough. Abdul was very active, fit and healthy,” said his nephew Ahmed Aburunnat.

“After an x-ray it was discovered that he had developed pneumonia. Abdul was also in hospital for a number of days before being tested for Covid-19 which returned positive (after three days) and he was then transferred to the ICU,” he added.

His nephew said that he had concerns about a lack of personal protective equipment. He said: “Abdul was was a very kind-hearted, warm, respectful, selfless gentleman who went above and beyond for everyone he encountered. Abdul was a bubbly individual famed for his interactions with customers, colleagues and friends.



Mandy Siddorn


Mandy Siddorn

Mandy Siddorn, 61

Occupation: Pharmacy technician
Place of work: Swettenham Chemist
Date of death: 9 April 2020

Siddorn was praised by colleagues for her ability to make people smile in the hardest times. A spokesman for the pharmacy posted a touching tribute to the 61-year-old on their social media page, saying: “It is with much sadness that we acknowledge the loss of one of our Swettenham family, Mandy, who passed away as a result of contracting coronavirus.

“Mandy worked across our Wirral and Chester branches as a registered checking technician, the highest non-pharmacist role, and did so with outstanding professionalism and accuracy.

“We are all devastated by this tragic loss and our thoughts go out to all who knew her.”



Edmond Adedeji


Edmond Adedeji

Edmond Adedeji, 62

Occupation: Locum registrar
Place of work: Great Western hospital
Date of death: 8 April 2020

Dr Edmond Adedeji was a locum registrar in the emergency department. He died after being cared for in the intensive care unit, having tested positive for Covid-19.

The 62-year-old had worked as a locum registrar in the emergency department since August 2019. His family said in a statement: “We as a family are grateful to God for the life of Dr Edmond Adefolu Adedeji. He died doing a job he loved, serving others before himself.

“We would like to thank the staff and his colleagues for looking after him during his final days. He leaves behind a wife, three children and three grandchildren.”



Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury


Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury.

Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53

Occupation: Doctor
Place of work: Homerton university hospital in London
Date of death: 8 April 2020

Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, a consultant urologist at Homerton hospital in Hackney, east London, died after spending 15 days in Queens hospital, Romford.

In March, he wrote a Facebook message to Boris Johnson outlining the urgent need for PPE for frontline staff and calling for testing for healthcare workers to be fast-tracked.

He told Johnson that healthcare workers “are in direct contact with patients” and have a “human right like others to live in this world disease-free with our family and children”.

Philip Glanville, the Labour mayor of Hackney, hailed Chowdhury as a “hero” who died serving the borough. Dans un tweet he added: “I hope his death wasn’t as a result of continuing issues around testing & PPE, but it raises Qs. A sobering reminder of the lives being lost to keep us safe & the contribution BAME staff make.”




Dr Fayez Ayache, who died at Ipswich Hospital on April 8



Dr Fayez Ayache. Photograph: East Anglian Daily Times/PA

Fayez Ayache, 76

Occupation: GP
Place of work: Volunteering in North Clacton, Essex
Date of death: 8 April 2020

Dr Fayez Ayache had retired as a GP at Suffolk’s Constable country medical practice, but he had been working part-time as a GP in North Clacton, Essex. He had volunteered to help refugees from his native Syria, where he trained as a doctor before moving to the UK in 1973. He died on 8 April after being diagnosed with pneumonia and Covid-19.

Dr Sharif Al-Ghazal, a consultant plastic surgeon at Bradford Royal Infirmary, paid tribute on behalf of the Syrian British Medical Society. He said: “Dr Fayez was a kind-hearted man who always went out of his way to assist his patients, even at great personal cost. He was loved by many, and more recently over the last few years has tended to the needs of newly arrived Syrian refugees.”

His daughters Layla and Katie said: “He was the most kind-hearted, loving, generous and caring man we knew and he was an incredible and amazing doctor having worked as a GP, ENT consultant and surgeon in the NHS and private sector for over 40 years. We are truly devastated and will miss him dearly. He was a true foundation in our lives.”




Elsie Sazuze



Elsie Sazuze. Photograph: Facebook

Elsie Sazuze, 44

Occupation: Care home nurse
Place of work: Wolverhampton-based care agency Totally Care
Date of death: 8 April 2020

Elsie Sazuze, from Birmingham, worked at a Staffordshire nursing home and was described by a friend as “dedicated to helping people”.

After falling sick at home, she was taken to Good Hope hospital in Sutton Coldfield where she died, leaving behind her husband, Ken, a 22-year-old son and a daughter aged 16.

Originally from Malawi, she had trained and worked at New Cross hospital in Wolverhampton and was employed by the Wolverhampton-based care agency Totally Care.

A childhood friend, William Fungatira, said: “Elsie was a naturally quiet person but very caring, friendly, cheerful and resilient. She had a passion to always help others. She was dedicated to helping people.”

He set up a fundraiser for her family, which reads: “Following the tragic death of Elsie Sazuze, a practising NHS nurse, who succumbed to Covid-19 on the morning of 8 April 2020 at Good Hope hospital in Sutton Coldfield, this is an appeal to well-wishers to raise funds which will help the bereaved family in alleviating the financial burden that their circumstances present.”



Donald Suelto


Donald Suelto.

Donald Suelto, 51

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Hammersmith hospital in London
Date of death: 7 April 2020

Donald Suelto was described by friends and family as a nurse who was “dedicated” to his job and “proud to work for the NHS”. He had previously worked as a nurse in the Philippines before moving to the UK for a job with the NHS 18 years ago.

His niece, Emelyne Suelto Robertson, told Nursing Times that she hoped the news of her uncle’s death would remind people to stay home “because this is the reality of frontline nurses”.

Suelto Robinson, who works as a nurse in Scotland, said her uncle had died alone at home after self-isolating with symptoms of Covid-19 and was found by police. “My uncle is really a hero for all of us,” she said.

“He really offered his service to our NHS here in the UK and he was really dedicated to his job.”




Alice Kit Tak Ong.



Alice Kit Tak Ong

Alice Kit Tak Ong, 70

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Colindale medical centre in Barnet
Date of death: 7 April 2020

Alice Kit Tak Ong had been a nurse in the NHS her entire working life, having arrived in the UK from Hong Kong to study nursing in the early 70s. She spent time as a midwife and later as a diabetic specialist nurse. For the past 20 years she had worked in the community. She was still working full-time across two surgeries and running baby clinics when she fell ill with the coronavirus.

On 7 April, two weeks after she was admitted to hospital, the 70-year-old died at the Royal Free hospital in London. At the end of her life her family were unable to visit because of the risk of infection to her husband, Marcus.

Her daughter Melissa Ong, 37, said her mother had spent her life helping and caring for others. “She was completely dedicated to her work. That’s what she was doing until the moment she was taken ill,” she said. “She loved her job and she loved her patients.” She said the family had been inundated with messages of condolence and love. “She had a very good heart and very generous personality. Everybody loved her.”




Leilani Dayrit



Leilani Dayrit.

Leilani Dayrit, 47

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: St Cross hospital in Rugby
Date of death: 7 April 2020

Leilani Dayrit died of suspected Covid-19 after giving 16 years of service to the NHS. In a fundraiser set up to help the nurse’s family, Araial Ilustre said: “Her sudden tragic passing left behind her loving husband and her most beautiful legacy, her daughter. She is a ray of sunshine to those people who were fortunate to meet her.

“Her beautiful smile mirrors her beautiful heart full of love. Her strong willpower to surpass any trial in life and her optimism resonates to everyone.”

Dayrit was nicknamed “Mummy Lei” by the children of her friends. She was one of eight children, and grew up in Vigan City in the Philippines. As a young woman, she was a member of a performance arts club. She finished her nursing degree at the University of Northern Philippines.



Jitendra Rathod.


Jitendra Rathod. Photograph: Cardiff & Vale University health board

Jitendra Rathod, 62

Occupation: Heart surgeon
Place of work: The Cardiff and Vale University health board
Date of death: 6 April 2020

Jitendra Rathod was an experienced and admired heart surgeon. A father of two, he died at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, where he was an associate specialist in cardiothoracic surgery.

The Cardiff and Vale University health board said he had worked in the cardiothoracic surgery department since the mid-90s. “He was an incredibly dedicated surgeon who cared deeply for his patients,” the board said. “He was well-liked and greatly respected by one and all. He was a very compassionate and a wonderful human being.”

The Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, paid tribute to Rathod, while the former Welsh Conservative party leader Andrew RT Davies said: “He was highly regarded in the medical profession in Wales. My thoughts are with his wife and two sons.”




Janice Graham



Janice Graham.

Janice Graham, 58

Occupation: Healthcare support worker and district nurse
Place of work: Inverclyde health and social care partnership
Date of death: 6 April 2020

Janice Graham was a healthcare support worker and district nurse. When she died at Inverclyde Royal hospital, she was believed to be the first NHS worker to die in Scotland from the coronavirus.

Speaking to STV News, her son, Craig, said: “I am so proud of her and there will not be a day that goes by that I will not think about her.”

Louise Long, the chief officer of Inverclyde health and social care partnership, said: “Janice was a valued team member in our district nursing and evening services team and brought kindness and compassion to patients and colleagues.”




Barbara Moore.



Barbara Moore.

Barbara Moore, 54

Occupation: Patient discharge planner
Place of work: Aintree university hospital
Date of death: 6 April 2020

Hailed as an unsung hero, Barbara Moore died after testing positive for coronavirus, Liverpool university hospitals confirmed. The chief nurse, Dianne Brown, said: “Barbara’s loss is an awful blow to us all, and she will be missed so much by all of her colleagues.”

Moore was responsible for making arrangements to allow patients to safely leave the hospital. She joined the hospital team after spending most of her career as a care worker for people with disabilities.

A spokesman for her family said: “Barbara dedicated her life to caring for others and doted on her two beautiful children and grandchildren.”




Emily Perugia



Emily Perugia.

Emily Perugia, 29

Occupation: NHS care worker
Place of work: Central and north west London NHS foundation trust
Date of death: 5 April 2020

Emily Perugia was a member of the care connection team in Northwood for the Central and North West London NHS foundation trust. She was engaged to James Day, who also works in the contact centre, and they had recently moved into their first home together.

One of her friends shared on Facebook: “To Emily Perugia shine bright lovely stay at home it saves lives we lost one of our own last night all our thoughts are with family and friends of Emily what a lovely girl!

“This virus is evil and we need to beat this together by staying home please everyone do as we are asked and stay in let the NHS fight this and stop the spread of the evil that is upon us.”




Rebecca Mack



Rebecca Mack.

Rebecca Mack, 29

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle
Date of death: 5 April 2020

Rebecca Mack, from Morpeth in Northumberland, had worked as a children’s nurse at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary before going on to a job with NHS 111. She had no known health problems, and fell ill after a work training session in Derby.

She was self-isolating alone at her home when her symptoms worsened. Mack called for an ambulance and left the door open for paramedics. They found her dead in her home, her mother, Marion, told the Newcastle Chronicle.

She said: “We couldn’t have wished for a nicer daughter. She was so caring. She was just the light of our lives. I can’t even begin to imagine life without her.”

The mother of a boy whom Mack nursed when he had leukaemia said: “She could make kids smile when they were that far down.”

Her friend Sarah Bredin-Kemp said Mack would be “so missed”. She wrote in a Facebook post: “We lost our beautiful Rebecca Mack on Sunday to Covid-19. She was a devoted friend, an incredible nurse and an unapologetically imperfect person.”



Dr Syed Zishan Haider


Dr Syed Zishan Haider.

Syed Zishan Haider, 79

Occupation: GP
Place of work: Valence medical centre in Dagenham
Date of death: 4 April 2020

Described “a selfless and compassionate doctor”, Syed Zishan Haider was a practising GP who was committed to serving his community in Barking and Dagenham. He was a senior partner at Valence medical centre, and also worked as a senior homeopathic physician at the Royal London hospital for integrated medicine for over 30 years.

His daughter Samina said: “His dedication to help people everywhere, be it professionally or personally, was unwavering. We are truly astounded as to how many people have reached out to share a story of his kindness, and continue to receive touching tributes from colleagues, patients, friends and family alike.”

She added: “He was a loving, cheerful and dedicated husband, father and grandfather. We are left with a void that can never be filled. We would like to pay tribute to all the NHS staff who treated him, and those risking their health in all areas of frontline services.”



Glen Corbin


Glen Corbin.

Glen Corbin, 59

Occupation: Retired mental health worker
Place of work: Central and North West London NHS trust
Date of death: 4 April 2020

Glen Corbin had recently returned to work as a bank healthcare assistant. He worked at Pine Ward at Park Royal centre for mental health (PRCMH) for many years, joining shortly after it opened in 1995.

Central and North West London trust released a statement on its website saying: “One of our own, Glen Corbin, a staff member from Brent, has very sadly died and his colleagues have written an appreciation note below.

“He was the ‘go to’ person who knew everything about the ward and how to get things done. He was instrumental in helping turn things around [at Park Royal] and supporting the senior management team at the time. It is no secret he hated paperwork and the thing he valued most was being and working with service users.”

The trust added that he had been looking forward to his 60th birthday later this year. “Every time we had staff moves, Glen was always the first to say that he didn’t want to go anywhere else and that he would never be able to replicate the good experiences he had on Pine Ward,” they said.

“PRCMH without Glen is hard to imagine and he delighted in telling everyone he was so much looking forward to travelling back home to his beloved homeland when he wanted, in his words ‘to get some sun on my back,’” the trust said.




Anton Sebastianpillai.



Anton Sebastianpillai.

Anton Sebastianpillai, 70s

Occupation: Consultant geriatrician
Place of work: Kingston hospital in south London
Date of death: 4 April 2020

Dr Anton Sebastianpillai died in Kingston hospital just over two weeks after completing his last shift there. Sebastianpillai died four days after being admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit.

He qualified as a doctor at the Peradeniya University medical school in his native Sri Lanka and later wrote an illustrated history of the island.

The school praised his “brave commitment to serve the NHS”. Dr Thusiyan Nandakumar, a fellow Tamil working in the NHS, tweeted: “Dr Sebastianpillai put himself at risk to help save others. A remarkably courageous and selfless role model.”




Areema Nasreen.



Areema Nasreen.

Areema Nasreen, 36

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Walsall Manor hospital in the West Midlands
Date of death: 3 April 2020

Areema Nasreen worked for 16 years at Walsall Manor hospital, where she died after contracting the coronavirus.

Nasreen, who had three children and was from Walsall, developed symptoms on 13 March, including aches, a high temperature and then a cough. Her family said she had no underlying health issues.

Her sister Kazeema Nasreen, 22, a healthcare assistant at the same hospital, said Nasreen was “an amazing nurse” and urged others to take the virus seriously.

In a tribute posted on Facebook, her friend Rubi Aktar said: “She was the most loveliest, genuine person you could ever meet. She went above and beyond for everyone she met. I’m so grateful that I had the honour to call her my best friend. She saw me at my best and my worst and accepted my every flaw. I am so broken that words can’t explain.”




Elvira Bucu.



Elvira Bucu. Photograph: gofundme

Elvira Bucu, 50

Occupation: NHS care worker
Place of work: Unclear if employed in NHS at time of death
Date of death: 3 April 2020

Elvira Bucu was an NHS care worker and mother of three. In a fundraising page, a family friend said her family had been struggling to cope with her death as her husband also tested positive.

They said: “Elvie’s death was sudden, unexpected and we are all still in shock. She only just turned 50 and she still had her whole life ahead of her. She was still yet to see her daughter get married, she was still yet to live the life she planned and worked so hard for.

“She was still yet to know what it was like to become a grandmother. She was still yet to fulfil her dream of becoming a nurse.”




Liz Glanister



Liz Glanister.

Liz Glanister, 68

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Aintree university hospital in Liverpool
Date of death: 3 April 2020

Liz Glanister, a staff nurse, died in hospital after testing positive for the virus.

The Liverpool university hospitals NHS foundation trust chief nurse, Dianne Brown, said: “It is with great sadness that I can confirm that Liz Glanister, a long-serving staff nurse at Aintree university hospital, sadly passed away at the Royal Liverpool university hospital on Friday after being tested positive for Covid-19.

“All our thoughts are with Liz’s family at this time and we offer them our sincere condolences. Liz will be sadly missed by all those who knew and worked with her.”

Liverpool’s mayor, Joe Anderson, also paid tribute to her “sacrifice” and added: “Words cannot express how much a debt of gratitude this city owes to Liz Glanister and her colleagues.”




Amanda Forde



Amanda Forde.

Amanda Forde

Occupation: GP receptionist
Place of work: Vale practice
Date of death: 3 avril 2020

Forde worked at a GP practice in London. Her employer described her as “a beautiful, caring receptionist”. The practice’s website includes a dedication to her that concludes: “May she rest in peace.”



John Alagos


John Alagos.

John Alagos, 23

Occupation: Healthcare assistant
Place of work: Watford general hospital in Hertfordshire
Date of death: 3 April 2020

John Alagos is believed to be the youngest medic in the UK to die from coronavirus. His mother, Gina Gustilo, said her son fell ill during a 12-hour shift but was allegedly not allowed to return home due to short-staffing.

She told the Mail on Sunday: “I asked: ‘Why didn’t you come home?’ He said he had asked other staff but they said they were short of staff and they did not let him go.”

Gustilo described how she then advised her son to take paracetamol, but just minutes later, found him unconscious and “turning blue” in his bed.

A spokeswoman for Watford general hospital described him as “very popular” and said he would be “missed greatly”.

She added: “Our staff are fully briefed on the symptoms of Covid-19 and we would never expect anyone to remain at work if they were showing these symptoms or indeed were unwell in any way.

“We have always kept our staff updated on the latest PPE guidance to make sure they have the right level of protection.”




Aimee O’Rourke



Aimee O’Rourke.

Aimee O‘Rourke, 38

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother hospital
Date of death: 2 April 2020

Aimee O‘Rourke was an NHS nurse and mother of three girls, Megan, Mollie and Maddie. She died at the hospital where she worked.

She studied at Canterbury Christ Church University before joining the NHS in 2017. She started showing symptoms of the coronavirus about two weeks before her condition deteriorated and she was taken into intensive care at the QEQM and put on a ventilator.

Her daughter, Megan Murphy, wrote on Facebook that it had always been “us 4 against the world!”, and said she and her sisters would now look after each other. “Look at all the lives you looked after and all the families you comforted when patients passed away … you are an angel and you will wear your NHS crown forever more because you earned that crown the very first day you started,” she wrote.

A family friend has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for O’Rourke’s family. A colleague, Lucy Page, wrote: “Aimee O’Rourke taught me to fight for what I believe in and gave me courage so many times to do it.” Another colleague, Soraya Zanders, said: “Aimee cared for many patients in her time as a nurse. She brought warmth and comfort to many.”

On the evening of the day she died, family and friends lit candles and clapped in her honour during the weekly Clap for Carers.



Francis Olabode Ajanlekoko


Francis Olabode Ajanlekoko

Francis Olabode Ajanlekoko 53

Occupation: Mental health nurse
Place of work: Locum nurse at Priory hospital in Ticehurst
Date of death: 2 avril 2020

Ajanlekoko was placed on ventilator on 18 March at Queen Elizabeth hospital Woolwich and transferred to Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital two days later. He stopped responding to treatment after 14 days.

His wife, Olabisi, said he “was a frontline mental health practitioner working tirelessly during this pandemic for the people in his community”.

She said: “Francis was very hard working, dedicated, diligent, a compassionate individual and a lover of humanity. He was known well for his charitable attributes and also willingness to go to any length to help a fellow brother or sister. My husband was an exceptional father and a friend to lots of people.”

He is survived by his wife and three children.



Sami Shousha


Sami Shousha. Photograph: Bupa

Sami Shousha, 79

Occupation: Doctor
Place of work: Charing Cross hospital
Date of death: 2 April 2020

A British-Egyptian doctor, Sami Shousha died two weeks after contracting the virus. He specialised in histopathology, or diseases of the tissue, and trained at the Royal Free hospital and London’s School of Medicine.

He had worked for more than 40 years at Charing Cross hospital, joning in 1978, and he managed the breast histopathology service.

Speaking to Middle East Eye, his nephew Abdelrahman Shousha said: “He was very keen on going to work on his final days despite the health hazards. However, most likely, his work did not involve direct contact with Covid-19 patients.” He is survived by his wife and two daughters.




Lynsay Coventry



Lynsay Coventry.

Lynsay Coventry, 54

Occupation: Midwife
Place of work: Princess Alexandra hospital
Date of death: 2 April 2020

Lynsay Coventry was the first publicly confirmed fatality of a serving NHS midwife in England linked to Covid-19.

Her family paid tribute to her as a “very well-respected midwife”, adding: “Our hearts are broken at the loss of our loving, wonderful and caring mum, sister, daughter and grandmother. We each know how much she loved and cherished us. Her love for us all was unfailing and her strength in the way she cared and supported us will fill our memories.”

Relatives said she had trained as a midwife later in life to “follow her dream”. She saw the midwifery team at the hospital “as her other family”, the family statement said, noting how proud she was of her work. She had worked at the hospital for a decade.

Lance McCarthy, the chief executive of the hospital’s NHS trust, said Coventry would be remembered “for her professionalism and commitment to the women she supported”, adding: “Her loss will be felt by the maternity team and colleagues from across the organisation.”



Laura Tanner.


Laura Tanner. Photograph: Kevin Tanner/PA

Laura Tanner, 51

Occupation: Locality administrator
Place of work: Basildon and Brentwood clinical commissioning group
Date of death: 1 April 2020

Tanner had worked for the NHS for more than 10 years, her husband, Kevin Tanner, 49, said. He said that he and his wife first showed symptoms of coronavirus around 19 March and both went into self-isolation.

After a week his symptoms began to improve, but his wife’s did not. He told the Express and Star: “She was fantastic … She was very loving, caring. She was a great mother to her children, she loved them dearly. She was friendly to everyone.”



Tony Reuben Eriamiatoe.


Tony Reuben Eriamiatoe.

Tony Reuben Eriamiatoe, 53

Occupation: Nurse
Place of work: Agency worker
Date of death: 1 avril 2020

Eriamiatoe was a staff nurse and had worked for the Pennine Care NHS foundation trust. He has been described by his colleagues as gentle, compassionate and professional.

He had no underlying health conditions and was treated for the virus at Salford Royal hospital. His family mourn his loss with his children Roy, Jeff, and Amy and their mother, Mercy.

His wife, Mercy, said: “Tony was a good dad and a loving husband. He has been described by his colleagues as gentle, compassionate and professional.”

Joan Grimshaw

Occupation: Retired nurse
Place of work: Unknown
Date of death: 1 April 2020

Grimshaw spent her whole working life with the NHS, after becoming a student nurse at just 18 years old. She was one of the first in a group of student nurses to work for the health service, and looked back on her career with fond memories after her retirement in 1995.

After retiring, Grimshaw would still attend nights out with the casualty staff once a month.

Her daughter, Denise, 63, said: “Her job used to mean everything to her and even in retirement, she wanted to stay on for as long as she could.

“We used to take her back to see her friends, even though many of them had passed away and others had dementia.”

Hamza Pacheeri, 80

Occupation: Retired gynaecologist
Place of work: Unknown
Date of death: 1 April 2020

Hamza Pacheeri was a native of Perinthalmanna in Kerala, India, and he graduated from Government Medical College in Kozhikode.

He worked in several hospitals across the UK and was known as a very sociable and helpful person who would go to great lengths to help the community. Hamza was undergoing treatment for complications from coronavirus and died at City hospital in Birmingham.



Dr Eric Labeja-Acellam


Dr Eric Labeja-Acellam.

Eric Labeja-Acellam, 69

Occupation: Consultant
Place of work: University Hospital Lewisham in south-east London
Date of death: 31 March 2020

Dr Eric Labeja-Acellam, originally from Uganda, is said to have died at King’s College hospital. His wife, Jennifer Lawala, a well-known musician in Uganda, also contracted the coronavirus. She told Mirror Online: “If God could allow two people to go at the same time, I would want to go with my husband. I don’t know how I survived.”

Talking about the last time she saw her husband, she said: “He held my hand, he didn’t want to let go of my hand when the ambulance came to get him.

“I told him: ‘You are going to come back,’ and he asked: ‘Can you come with me?’ The ambulance wouldn’t allow it.”




Alfa Saadu



Alfa Saadu.

Alfa Saadu, 68

Occupation: Part-time locum and retired medical director
Place of work: Princess Alexandra hospital
Date of death: 31 March 2020

Dr Alfa Saadu had nearly 40 years’ experience in the NHS. He died at the Whittington hospital in north London. He had been a medical director at the Princess Alexandra hospital in Essex and Ealing NHS trust, and had worked at many hospitals in the capital.

The former president of the Nigerian Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, posted his condolences on Twitter. He said Dr Saadu had been a chairman of the Kwara State Association, a community leader and traditional office holder as Galadima of Pategi.

His son, Dani Saadu, said of his father: “He was a very passionate man, who cared about saving people. As soon as you spoke to him about medicine or what was happening with the NHS his eyes would light up – he was very passionate.

“He was working part-time as a locum as he just could not fully retire. He just loved medicine so much. He worked for the NHS for nearly 40 years in different hospitals across London and he loved to lecture people in the world of medicine; he did so in the UK and Africa.”



John Doyle


John Doyle

John Doyle, 60

Occupation: Telephonist
Place of work: New Cross hospital
Date of death:30 March 2020

Doyle was the first male telephonist to work at the hospital, and died on 30 March after suffering respiratory problems before contracting Covid-19.

The 60-year-old from Fordhouses, Wolverhampton, worked for the trust for nearly four and a half years.



Erwin Spannagl


Erwin Spannagl Photograph: Lorenzo Patrone

Erwin Spannagl, 58

Occupation: Vascular surgeon
Place of work: Northwick Park hospital
Date of death: 29 March 2020

An experienced surgeon who worked in London’s Northwick Park hospital for a decade, he was found dead on 29 March in a flat in Potsdam, Germany, where a postmortem showed he had contracted Covid-19.

Vascular consultant Lorenzo Patrone, who worked alongside Dr Spannagl for more than three years, said he was a “very experienced and tireless colleague, excellent teacher, wonderful person, always happy to run the extra mile for patients”.

He leaves behind two daughters in Germany.




Thomas Harvey



Thomas Harvey.

Thomas Harvey, 57

Occupation: Healthcare assistant
Place of work: Goodmayes hospital in east London
Date of death: 29 March 2020

Thomas Harvey caught the coronavirus and died after treating patients with only gloves for protection, according to his family.

It is claimed Harvey fell ill after helping a patient who later tested positive for Covid-19 and eventually died on 29 March. He had been signed off work more than two weeks earlier when he developed symptoms including a cough, shortness of breath and body aches.

His family said that if he had had the correct personal protective equipment, he might still be alive. Goodmayes hospital claimed there were “no symptomatic patients on the ward”. However, a former colleague told the BBC that Harvey contracted the virus after treating a patient who later tested positive.




Amged El-Hawrani.



Amged El-Hawrani. Photograph: University Hospitals of Derby an/AFP via Getty Images

Amged El-Hawrani, 55

Occupation: ENT consultant
Place of work: Queen’s hospital in Burton
Date of death: 28 March 2020

A respected ear, nose and throat consultant, Amged El-Hawrani was one of the first confirmed hospital frontline workers to die in the UK after testing positive for the coronavirus. His death prompted tributes from ministers and senior health leaders.

In a statement, his family said he was “a loving and much-loved husband, son, father, brother, and friend”.

“His greatest passions were his family and his profession, and he dedicated his life to both,” they said.

“We would like to thank all those involved in his care for their kindness and compassion during his illness. They worked tirelessly for their patient, as he would have done for his own.”




Pooja Sharma



Pooja Sharma.

Pooja Sharma, 33

Occupation: Hospital pharmacist
Place of work: Eastbourne district general hospital, East Sussex
Date of death: 26 March 2020

Pooja Sharma died a day after her father also passed away from the coronavirus.

A friend, Amarjit Aujla, paid tribute on Facebook: “Her laughter was contagious and her random calls made my day. From when we were in primary school until we last spoke two weeks ago, you gave me nothing but love, support and a tummy ache with all the laughter.

“Life can never be the same without you my dear friend.”

Lara Stacey Young, a nurse in the area, said: “So many people will be devastated. She was such a lovely soul.”

Sharma’s father, Sudhir, 61, was an immigration officer at Heathrow, but officials said it was likely he had contracted the virus elsewhere. He had been away from work since 7 January due to “underlying health problems”.



Andy Howe


Andy Howe.

Andy Howe, 48

Occupation: Bus driver running transit service to hospitals
Place of work: Nottingham
Date of death: 26 March 2020

Andy Howe worked on the Medilink service, which took NHS workers and patients to hospital. He died on the way to hospital after falling ill, his employer said.

A spokesman for the RMT union said: “We are saddened by the news of Andy’s passing. We’re also angered by the reports we have received about a lack of duty of care for Andy, his colleagues and the wider public.”

He said this included reports of toilets and buses not being cleaned properly, and a lack of protective screens or masks.

CT4N, the operator of the bus service, denied the allegation and said it had been “rigorously following government health and safety advice”.

Andrew Grieve from CT4N said Howe was a popular and well-respected member of the team and said everyone was devastated” by his death.




Dr Adil el Tayar



Dr Adil El Tayar. Photograph: NHS

Adil El Tayar, 63

Occupation: Surgeon
Place of work: Volunteering in A&E departments in the Midlands
Date of death: 25 March 2020

Adil El Tayar was the first working NHS surgeon known to have died from Covid-19 in the UK. He had been volunteering in A&E departments in the Midlands to help the NHS cope with the virus.

“He wanted to be deployed where he would be most useful in the crisis,” said his cousin, the broadcaster Zeinab Badawi. “It had taken just 12 days for Adil to go from a seemingly fit and capable doctor working in a busy hospital to lying in a hospital morgue.”

His former colleague Abbas Ghazanfar, a renal transplant surgeon at St George’s hospital in Tooting, described Tayar as a “noble human being” who was a “hardworking, dedicated surgeon”.



Dr Habib Zaidi


Habib Zaidi.

Habib Zaidi, 76

Occupation: GP
Place of work: Eastwood group practice, Essex
Date of death: 25 March 2020

Dr Habib Zaidi died in intensive care at Southend hospital in Essex, 24 hours after being taken ill. He and his wife, Dr Talat Zaidi, 70, were both managing partners of Eastwood group practice and had served three generations of families in the area for nearly 50 years. The couple’s four children all work in the medical profession.

Their daughter Dr Sarah Zaidi, also a GP, said his death was “reflective of his sacrifice”, adding: “He had a vocational attitude to service.”

She said: “We can’t mourn in the normal way. We can’t have a normal funeral. He left a gaping hole in our hearts, but a loss that is also felt within the community that he devoted almost his entire life to. We are praying for the safety of everyone right now.”

Additional reporting Matthew Weaver.

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