These are the NHS workers who have died from coronavirus

The dangers taken every day by the armies of British medical doctors, nurses and healthcare staff treating coronavirus sufferers have been starkly illustrated by a rising variety of deaths.

A number of NHS staff have already misplaced their lives after contracting the illness from sufferers and that quantity is more likely to soar.

The rising tally comes amid mounting considerations over the testing disaster, with ministers underneath rising stress to elucidate when NHS staff are to be examined and why Britain lags behind different nations in testing.

The Authorities can be underneath stress to speed up the availability of protecting tools and deal with rising fears that frontline employees danger each catching and spreading coronavirus.

The devastated daughter of 1 medic who has already died, doubtless spoke for all grieving family when she mentioned her father had made the last word sacrifice for his sufferers.

The NHS staff’ deaths have been described as a “a stark reminder to the entire nation that all of us should take this disaster severely”.

Right here, the Telegraph pays tribute to medics who’ve died and tells their tales.

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April 9

Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, Queen’s Hospital, Romford

Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury along with his household

Dr Chowdhury, 53,  was a senior guide at Homerton Hospital and had warned the Authorities in regards to the continual scarcity of non-public protecting tools (PPE) simply three weeks earlier than his demise. 

On 18 March, the urologist wrote to Boris Johnson, asking him to “urgently” guarantee PPE for “every NHS employee within the UK”.

He instructed the prime minister that healthcare staff “are in direct contact with sufferers” and have a “human proper like others to dwell on this world disease-free with our household and kids”.

Dr Chowdhury had just lately celebrated his marriage ceremony 25th anniversary.

The Muslim Docs Affiliation mentioned: “We’re deeply saddened by the demise of Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, guide urologist at Homerton Hospital, after preventing for his life from COVID-19.

“He leaves behind his spouse and two youngsters. Our ideas and prayers are with them.”

April 8

Edmond Adedeji, Nice Western Hospital, Swindon

Dr Adedeji, 62, was a “revered and well-liked” physician who died “doing a job he cherished,” his household mentioned.

The daddy-of-three had labored as a locum registrar within the Emergency Division of the Nice Western Hospital since final August. 

In a press release, his household mentioned: “We as a household are grateful to God for the lifetime of Dr Edmond Adefolu Adedeji.

“He died doing a job he cherished, serving others earlier than himself.

“We want to thank the employees and his colleagues for taking care of him throughout his remaining days. He leaves behind a spouse, three youngsters and three grandchildren.”

Kevin McNamara, chief government of the native NHS belief, mentioned Dr Adedeji was “a revered and well-liked member of the crew”.

“On behalf of the entire Belief, I want to prolong our honest condolences to Edmond’s household,” he mentioned.


Fayez Ayache, Ipswich Hospital

Dr Ayache, 76, was a devoted GP who labored for the NHS in Suffolk for greater than 40 years and “felt it was his obligation to assist” individuals, his daughter mentioned.

The daddy-of-two, who additionally ran an ear, nostril and throat clinic at Ipswich Hospital, retired round two years in the past however was quickly again working “a few days every week” as a GP with North Clacton Medical Group.

Layla Ayache, 35, mentioned: “My dad was very, very generally phoned and other people would say ‘my daughter’s unwell’ or ‘my son’s unwell’ or ‘my husband’s unwell.

“He would typically pop spherical and simply verify individuals had been OK. “He was a rural village GP at coronary heart and that is the kind of factor that he would do.

“I wholeheartedly imagine that if somebody had referred to as him with a priority he would have gone over and checked they had been OK, as a result of that is what he needed to do for everyone.

“His total life was cut up between his household and his work. That was all he lived for actually, was these two issues.

“He was essentially the most devoted GP that I’ve ever met.”

She mentioned her father, who helped increase funds for refugee charities in his native Syria, had expressed concern for individuals’s security in the course of the pandemic.

“All he ever mentioned was that he was involved for everybody’s security and that he needed to assist,” Ms Ayache added. “He felt it was his obligation to assist.”

April 7

Alice Equipment Tak Ong, the Royal Free Hospital

Credit score: Melissa Ong/PA

The daughter of an NHS nurse who died after testing constructive for coronavirus has referred to as for the general public to worth the well being service like her mom did.

Alice Equipment Tak Ong, 70, arrived in London from Hong Kong within the 1970s and labored for the well being service for 44 years, up till the day she fell unwell two weeks in the past. She handed away from coronavirus on Tuesday.

Her daughter, Melissa Ong, described her mom as a “fantastic lady” who was “beneficiant to everybody else earlier than herself”.

“She cherished her job… that was her life… she cherished the NHS.”

“My mom got here right here from Hong Kong to work for the NHS as a result of she believed it was the most effective on this planet.

“It is solely now individuals are sort of realising the power of the NHS… You see individuals clapping on the streets, nevertheless it should not take one thing like this to deliver the nation collectively to be grateful.

“We should always worth healthcare staff in good instances and unhealthy instances.”

April 6

Jitendra Rathod, College Hospital of Wales in Cardiff

Jitendra Rathod, a number one coronary heart surgeon, has died

An “extremely devoted” coronary heart surgeon has died after testing constructive for Covid-19.

Jitendra Rathod, 58, was an affiliate specialist in cardio-thoracic surgical procedure on the College Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

He died within the hospital’s basic intensive care unit early on Monday morning, well being officers confirmed.

An announcement posted on the Cardiff and Vale College Well being Board web site paid tribute to Mr Rathod.

It mentioned the father-of-two had labored within the Division of Cardio-Thoracic surgical procedure because the mid-1990s.

After a short stint overseas, Mr Rathod – generally known as Jitu to colleagues and mates – returned to the College Hospital of Wales.

“He was an extremely devoted surgeon who cared deeply for his sufferers,” the well being board mentioned. “He was well-liked and tremendously revered by every one. He was a really compassionate and an exquisite human being.

“His dedication to the speciality was exemplary. He’s survived by his spouse and two sons.

“We are going to miss him tremendously.”

April 5

Rebecca Mack, Newcastle

Rebecca Mack from Morpeth in Northumberland handed away at dwelling on Sunday and her household mentioned she had no underlying well being issues.

Ms Mack just lately began working for NHS 111, however was beforehand a youngsters’s most cancers nurse and fogeys of these she as soon as cared for paid tribute to the 29-year-old. 

Aman Sengal, whose daughter was cared for by Ms Mack within the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, mentioned she was a “selfless particular person”.

“A life taken far too quickly and that of a selfless particular person devoted to others. RIP Becca,” he wrote on social media.  

One other mum or dad, Ashley Oakly, mentioned Ms Mack cared for her son in “his darkest days present process most cancers therapy”. 

“She nonetheless entered the room with an enormous smile and an enormous coronary heart, really devoted to her job and a credit score to the unit.”

Writing in a tribute on Fb, Ms Mack’s finest pal mentioned Sarah Bredkin-Kemp: “She was essentially the most accident-prone, cussed, chatterbox with a weird catchphrase and inappropriate joke for each event. Her iconic love of leopard print and assertion earrings was rivaled solely by Pat Butcher herself.

“She labored exhausting and made her household proud each single day. She was so pleased with her work and so completely satisfied to have such wonderful work mates. She would spend hours on the telephone when you wanted a rant and at all times had a bottle of wine within the fridge for the women. She knew precisely methods to make you giggle. She was fiercely impartial and I’ve little doubt she would have stored reaching.

“Please keep as secure as you probably can and please be certain that your pals know the way a lot you like them. This nightmare is not over but and it actually reveals that being low danger doesn’t suggest you are secure.”

Ms Mack is without doubt one of the youngest healthcare staff within the UK to die after contracting Covid-19.

April 4

Anton Sebastianpillai, Kingston Hospital

Anton Sebastianpillai, guide geriatrician

Dr Sebastianpillai died 4 days after being admitted to the south west London hospital the place he had labored.

The guide geriatrician, who certified as a health care provider in Sri Lanka in 1967, completed his final shift on March 20.

A spokeswoman for Kingston Hospital NHS Basis Belief mentioned: “It’s with nice unhappiness that I verify the demise of a guide geriatrician who was a part of the crew at Kingston Hospital.

“Dr Anton Sebastianpillai died on Saturday having been cared for within the hospital’s intensive care unit since March 31.

“We want to prolong our honest condolences to his household.”

Dr Sebastianpillai skilled on the Peradeniya Medical Faculty in Sri Lanka and certified in 1967.

In an obituary discover, he was known as a “distinguished alumnus”.


John Alagos, Watford

John Alagos

Mr Alagos, 23, is the youngest nurse identified to have succumbed to coronavirus.

He collapsed and died at dwelling after an exhausting 12-hour shift treating Covid-19 sufferers at Watford Common Hospital.

His mom, Gina Gustilo, 50, claimed he had fallen unwell at work however was not allowed to go dwelling as a result of his ward was so short-staffed.

She additionally mentioned her son had not been carrying the appropriate protecting clothes at work. 

Mr Alagos returned dwelling from an evening shift on April 3, saying he had been struggling with a headache and excessive temperature all through the evening.

Mrs Gustilo instructed the Mail on Sunday: “I requested ‘Why did not you come dwelling?’ He mentioned he had requested different employees however they mentioned they had been wanting employees and they didn’t let him go.  “I mentioned, ‘OK, take some paracetamol.’ After a couple of minutes, I discovered him turning blue in his mattress.”

Watford Common Hospital mentioned in a press release: “Our employees are absolutely briefed on the signs of Covid-19 and we might by no means count on anybody to stay at work in the event that they had been exhibiting these signs or certainly had been unwell in any approach.

“We now have at all times stored our employees up to date on the most recent PPE steering to ensure they’ve the appropriate degree of safety.” A spokeswoman added: “John was very fashionable and might be missed tremendously.”

Glen Corbin, Brent, north west London

Colleagues have paid tribute to Mr Corbin, a healthcare employee who got here out of retirement to assist with the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Corbin labored at Park Royal Centre for Psychological Well being for a few years, becoming a member of shortly after it opened in 1995.

Though he had retired, he had just lately returned to work in each acute and rehabilitation companies.

Claire Murdoch, head of Central and North West London NHS Basis Belief, described Mr Corbin as a part of the “spine” of the crew.

“He was the ‘go to’ one that knew every little thing in regards to the ward and methods to get issues finished,” she mentioned.

“Glen was a much-loved colleague and might be sorely missed. “Our condolences to his household, mates and family members at this unhappy and tough time.”

April 3

Liz Glanister, Royal Liverpool College Hospital

NHS nurse Liz Glanister (centre) was a “long-serving” nurse at a hospital in Liverpool has died after testing constructive for Covid-19

Credit score: Common Information And Sport (Scotland)

Grandmother Ms Glanister, a nurse at Aintree College Hospital in Liverpool, died after testing constructive for coronavirus.

Dianne Brown, chief nurse on the Liverpool College Hospitals NHS Basis Belief, confirmed her demise “with nice unhappiness.”

She added: “All our ideas are with Liz’s household presently and we provide them our honest condolences. Liz might be sadly missed by all those that knew and labored together with her.”


Areema Nasreen, Walsall Manor Hospital

Mrs Nasreem, a 36-year-old employees nurse died within the hospital the place she had labored for 16 years.

The mother-of-three, who had no underlying well being points, developed coronavirus signs on March 13, while on annual go away.

She was thought to have rallied however relapsed and died shortly after midnight at Walsall Manor Hospital within the West Midlands.

Her finest pal Rubi Aktar wrote on Fb: “My coronary heart is damaged. She fought and fought however Allah determined to take her.  “She was essentially the most loveliest, real particular person you would ever meet, she went above and past for everybody she met. 

“I can’t imagine I cannot see your smile once more. Along with your help, motivation and inspiration I’m the nurse that I’m right now and I hope I can do you proud Areema. 

“You had a lot to dwell for, I’m sorry you didn’t get to see your children develop up and I’m sorry that you simply didn’t get to finish your profession.” 

Her sister, Kazeema, mentioned the household was “heartbroken” however praised the hospital employees who had gone “above and past”, in response to BirminghamLive.

Mrs Nasreem certified as a employees nurse in January final 12 months and had been engaged on the hospital’s Acute Medical Unit.

She had revealed she hoped to encourage extra individuals from Muslim backgrounds into nursing, saying: “I want to suppose that I can encourage others. I cry each morning as a result of I’m so completely satisfied that I’ve lastly realised my dream of turning into a nurse.

“I want to suppose that I might encourage others; notably inside Muslim communities.”

April 2

Prof Mohamed Sami Shousha, London

Prof Mohamed Sami Shousha

Prof Shousha, 79, a father-of-two, died in London after contracting the virus round two weeks earlier.

“He was very eager on going to work on his remaining days regardless of the well being hazards,”  his nephew Abdelrahman Shousha instructed Center Jap Eye. 

“Nevertheless, almost certainly, his work didn’t contain direct contact with Covid-19 sufferers.”

Prof Shousha had been working at Charing Cross Hospital since 1978, the place he managed the breast histopathology service, which considerations modifications in tissues attributable to illness.

He was additionally an honorary professor of histopathology at Imperial Faculty and labored at UK most cancers analysis laboratories at London’s Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals.


Lynsay Coventry, Mid Essex Hospital Companies NHS Belief

Ms Coventry, 54, was the primary serving midwife in England to be killed by the virus.

She had labored on the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) in Harlow, Essex, for ten years and was described by colleagues as a “proud” midwife who was “very properly revered.”

Ms Coventry’s household mentioned: “Our hearts are damaged on the lack of our loving, fantastic and caring mum, sister, daughter and grandmother.

“Her love for us all was unfailing and her power in the way in which she cared and supported us will fill our recollections.

“What we additionally know is how proud she was to be an NHS midwife. Lynsay adopted her dream and skilled as a midwife later in life.

“It was a job she dedicated herself to and noticed the midwifery crew on the Princess Alexandra Hospital as her different household. She was a really well-respected midwife who supported many lots of of ladies as they welcomed their infants into the world.”

Lance McCarthy, chief government of the PAH NHS Belief, mentioned Ms Coventry can be remembered for “her professionalism and dedication to the ladies she supported.”

{A photograph} of colleagues on the maternity unit, lined up with their heads bowed in tribute, was posted on Fb as mates described her as a “a lot cherished” member of the crew and a “true superhero.”


Aimee O’Rourke, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mom Hospital, Margate

Aimee O’Rourke

Mom-of-three Ms Rourke was described as an “angel” who would “put on her NHS crown ceaselessly” after shedding her life to coronavirus.

The 39-year-old nurse died the place she labored, on the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mom Hospital (QEQM) in Margate, Kent.

Her daughter, Megan Murphy, described her as an “angel”.

Ms Rourke joined the QEQM’s Acute Medical Unit as a newly certified nurse in 2017.

Ward supervisor Julie Gammon mentioned the entire crew was devastated by her demise.  

 “She was such a form and caring nurse, and he or she had a very particular relationship together with her sufferers and colleagues,” she mentioned.

“Nursing was one thing she had at all times needed to do, though she got here to it comparatively late after elevating her ladies.  

“She took a while out to look after her mum after she was identified with most cancers and he or she was decided to return and to make her mum proud.”

When Ms Rourke first arrived on the hospital with Covid-19 signs, she requested for  her boss.

Ms Gammon added: “It was an honour to have the ability to be together with her and to supply some consolation and I’m so glad that I used to be in a position to take action.”   

Ms Rourke’s daughter, Megan Murphy, wrote on Fb: “Have a look at all of the lives you taken care of and all of the households you comforted when sufferers handed away.

“You’re an angel and you’ll put on your NHS crown forevermore.

“I might go on all day lengthy and have so many issues to say however I’ve to be sturdy!! Evening evening mummy.”

March 31

Dr Alfa Sa’adu, Whittington Hospital

Nigerian-born Dr Alfa Saadu retired following a glittering 40-year medical profession in 2017, however carried on working part-time on the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn, Hertfordshire

Dr Saadu, 68, grew to become the fourth medic to die from coronavirus within the UK, two weeks after contracting it. 

Dr Saadu’s household – a spouse and two sons – mentioned he was so decided to deal with sufferers after he retired that he carried on working half time. 

“My dad was a dwelling legend,” his son Dani mentioned. “Up till he received sick, he was nonetheless working part-time saving individuals.

“He was a really passionate man, who cared about saving individuals. As quickly as you spoke to him about drugs his face would mild up.”

Dr Saadu, initially from Nigeria, labored for the NHS for 40 years in hospitals throughout London, stepping down as medical director of the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Belief in 2016. 

March 29

Thomas Harvey, Higher Clapton

Thomas Harvey, left, died after contracting coronavirus. His household imagine he would nonetheless be alive right now if he had been given correct protecting tools

Credit score: Sky Information

Mr Harvey, a psychological well being nurse at Goodmayes Hospital in north east London, handed away on Sunday 29th March after contracting Covid-19 from a hospital affected person.

His daughter, Tamira Harvey, mentioned her father was “let down” by the federal government, who she blames for his demise, because of the lack of protecting tools he was given whereas treating sufferers.

“My dad was positively let down. I don’t really feel that they [NHS staff] are secure in the intervening time, I don’t suppose that they’d suppose that they’re secure,” she instructed ITV Information.

“The Authorities might have prevented this. In the event that they invested some cash into protecting tools for nurses, as a result of they’re actually on the frontline and placing their lives in danger every single day.”

Mr Harvey was a father of seven and labored as a nurse within the NHS for 20 years.

March 28

Amged El-Hawrani, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester

Dr Amged El-Hawrani

Dr Amged El-Hawrani, 55, an ear, nostril and throat specialist, labored at Queen’s Hospital, Burton, and was the third medic to die of coronavirus within the UK.

His household paid tribute to a “loving and much-loved husband, son, father, brother and pal”.

Mr El- Hawrani had not seen any sufferers for a variety of weeks and had been receiving therapy in intensive care. 

His son, Ashraf, mentioned: “Most of my dad’s time was devoted in direction of his household, and the remainder of that point was devoted in direction of his occupation.

“He taught me the importance of respect and equality. He additionally confused the significance of not worrying in regards to the issues I can not management, which he exhibited to me proper up till the top of his life.

“He didn’t search the reward and approval of others, he was glad by viewing the constructive results of his actions and the wellbeing of his household. 

“I’m extremely proud to say that, for 18 years of my life, Amged El-Hawrani was my father.”

March 26

Pooja Sharma, East Sussex

Pooja Sharma and her father Sudhir who handed away inside 24 hours of one another

Pharmacist Pooja Sharma, 33, died a day after her father – each passing away from coronavirus. 

Ms Sharma, who labored on the Eastbourne District Common Hospital in East Sussex, was admitted to intensive care three days earlier than she died. 

Paying tribute to their pal, Mr Sharma’s family members mentioned her giggle was “contagious” and that she gave her mates “nothing however love, help and a tummy ache with all of the laughter.”

March 25

Dr Habib Zaidi, Southend Hospital

Dr Habib Zaidi, a GP, died at Southend Hospital

Dr Zaidi, a household GP, is considered the primary physician within the UK to have been killed by coronavirus. The 76-year-old, from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, died in intensive care simply 24 hours after being taken unwell. 

His daughter Dr Sarah Zaidi, additionally a GP, mentioned the information that coronavirus had taken him was “an excessive amount of to bear.”

She added: “It’s reflective of his sacrifice. He had a vocational angle to service.”

Dr Zaidi had been self isolating at dwelling and had not seen sufferers for every week earlier than he died.

He and his spouse, Dr Talat Zaidi, 70, had been each managing companions of Eastwood Group Observe and had served three generations of households within the space for practically 50 years. 

Their daughter added: “We won’t mourn within the regular approach. We won’t have a traditional funeral.

“He left a gaping gap in our hearts, however a loss that can be felt throughout the neighborhood that he devoted virtually his total life to. We’re praying for the protection of everybody proper now.”


Dr Adil El Tayar, West Middlesex College Hospital

Dr Adil El Tayar was the primary working NHS surgeon to die from coronavirus in Britain

Dr El Tayar, a famend organ transplant specialist, was the primary working NHS surgeon to die from coronavirus in Britain. 

He’s thought to have contracted the sickness whereas working within the A&E division at Hereford County Hospital, the place he had volunteered to assist battle the pandemic.

The Sudanese locum, 63, had no concept that the affected person he was treating had coronavirus, household mentioned.

Dr El Tayar had been self-isolating after creating signs round mid-March and he was admitted to hospital on 20 March. 

He examined constructive for coronavirus and spent his remaining days in intensive care.

His cousin, Dr Hisham El Khidir, a Norfolk guide, warned that medical doctors had been “sitting geese” and mentioned extra testing might have saved Dr El Tayar’s life.

“His son was actually scared that he wasn’t going to make it,” he mentioned. “This illness is horrible and goes to trigger extra heartbreak for a lot of extra households for weeks to return.”

Dr El Tayar’s profession noticed him work at hospitals all over the world, together with in Saudi Arabia, Sudan and two of London’s largest hospitals – St Mary’s and St George’s.

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