The NHS and care workers who have died during the coronavirus pandemic
There have now been at least 160 Covid-19 deaths amongst health and social care workers.
More than 160 frontline NHS and care workers have died during the coronavirus pandemic.
Through tributes from local NHS trusts and loved ones, the PA news agency has confirmed the names of 163 health and social care workers who have died after contracting Covid-19 since March 11.
This chronological list contains people who were working in roles shortly before their deaths where they were likely to come into contact with patients.
The figure is likely to be still lower than the true number of workers who have died, as the names of some victims will not yet be in the public domain.
– Poornima Nair, GP
Dr Nair was a GP at Station View Medical Centre in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
Her surgery posted on its website that she was a “much loved and valued colleague and friend” who had died after a “prolonged” Covid-19 infection.
– Phil Rennie, ambulance care assistant
Mr Rennie was a patient transport service care assistant who was “extremely proud” to work for North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), based in Oldham.
He died at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury on May 10.
– Augustine Agyei-Mensah, learning disabilities nurse
Augustine Agyei-Mensah, known to his colleagues as Gus, was a highly regarded team member at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT).
Originally from Ghana, he was proud of his heritage and “dedicated” to his young family.
– Tariq Shafi, doctor
Dr Tariq Shafi was the “greatly respected” lead consultant for haematology for 13 years at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford. His death was announced on May 7.
“Tariq… built an amazing team of dedicated clinicians and support workers, placing them and his patients at the heart of everything he did,” his trust said.
– Fiona Johnstone, hospital administration worker
Ms Johnstone worked at Biggart Hospital in Prestwick as part of the administration team. Colleagues said she was “valued and highly regarded”. Her death was announced on May 7.
– Onyenachi Obasi, nurse and health visitor
Onyenachi Obasi, 51, was living in Barking and Dagenham at the time of her death.
She was described by her family as an “example of unconditional love” and died on May 6, five weeks after being put on a ventilator.
Her niece, Ijeoma Uzoukwu, told the PA news agency: “She loved her job, but that is what caused her to fall ill in the first place.”
– Jennie Sablayan, haematology nurse
Ms Sablayan was described as a “much-loved specialist” who had trained in the Philippines before joining University College London Hospital in 2002. A GoFundMe, set up in her memory, said she died on May 5.
– Julie Edward, nurse
Ms Edward died on May 4 with coronavirus, according to a Go Fund Me page for her family, having worked at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading since 2017.
The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust commended her “kindness and dedication to her job”.
– Van Lang Hoang, patient transport driver
His death was announced by Barts Health NHS Trust on Monday May 4.
– Mark Woolcock, ambulance care assistant
Mr Woolcock was one of four members of Barts Health NHS Trust to die after contracting Covid-19. His death was announced by the trust.
– Dr Habibhai Babu, senior house officer
The doctor, known to colleagues as Babu, worked at Whipps Cross Hospital. His death was announced by Barts Health NHS Trust.
Sue Cairns, care worker
The 58-year-old from Manston, Kent, died at Margate’s QEQM hospital on May 2, days after she developed a worrying cough and her condition worsened. She worked at a Kent care home for autistic adults with people she “absolutely adored”.
– Eleuterio Gibela, domestic services worker
The father of two, known by colleagues as Boy, died on Saturday May 2 after testing positive for the virus.
The 68-year-old and “true gentleman”had worked in domestic services at Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Trust for nearly 20 years.
– Saad Al-Dubbaisi, GP
Dr Al-Dubbaisi, a “loving and kind” GP from Bury who “gave everything for the community”, died on May 3 aged 59, after several weeks of illness with Covid-19.
Born in Iraq, Dr Al-Dubbaisi worked in the Greater Manchester town for almost 20 years, his daughter told the Bury Times.
– Mark Piggott, leadership team member
Father-of-two Mark Piggott was the head of capital projects and programmes at the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, a team based at the hospital, and had also worked for neighbouring trusts.
Described as “a great family man, a loving husband and fantastic dad” by his wife Julie, Mr Piggott died on May 1 having contracted coronavirus, according to the Health Service Journal.
– Afua Fofie, healthcare assistant
Afua Fofie is described as having an “infectious laugh and willingness to go the extra mile” for patients and those she worked with.
According to the Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare Trust, Ms Fofie died last month, however her family were not ready for the details to be shared at the time.
– Robert Black, paramedic
The 52-year-old paramedic had worked for the Scottish Ambulance Service for 28 years.
He died on May 2 with confirmed Covid-19 and was described as “an absolute gem of a man”.
– Ray Lever, domestic services assistant
Ray Lever, a domestic services assistant at the Northern General Hospital, was remembered by colleagues as a kind man and a doting grandfather. He died on May 1.
His daughters Rachel, Kathryn, and Rebecca said: “Dad was the perfect dad and grandad and nothing was ever too much trouble for him if it meant helping someone else.”
– Cecilia Fashanu, nurse
She was described by her family as “our superwoman” following her death.
She died at her workplace, Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, on April 30 after receiving critical care for a number of weeks.
The 63-year-old was employed as an agency nurse, covering shifts on a number of wards over the last two years.
– Dr Furqan Ali Siddiqui, doctor
“NHS hero” Dr Siddiqui died on April 30 while being treated for Covid-19, having worked at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester as a clinical fellow in its burns and plastics department.
– Gill Oakes, hospice nurse
Gill Oakes was a senior clinical support nurse at Bolton Hospice – she died on April 30 after contracting coronavirus.
Leigh Vallance, the chief executive at Bolton Hospice, said: “She was a brilliant nurse who often helped new members of the team settle into their role at the hospice. We will always remember her kindness and her lovely smile.”
– Philomina Cherian, nurse
Philomina Cherian was a staff nurse and “incredibly caring friend and colleague” on the Acute Assessment Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. She died on April 30 due to Covid-19, aged 63.
– Mark Stanley, paramedic
Yorkshire Ambulance Service said two of its staff had died within three days after contracting coronavirus.
The first, 57-year-old Mark Stanley from North Yorkshire, died in hospital on April 30. Mr Stanley’s friends said he was “such a great bloke” and extremely fit with no underlying health conditions.
– Unnamed emergency medical technician for Yorkshire Ambulance Service
The second member of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service was an unnamed medical technician from West Yorkshire, who died in hospital on April 30.
Both colleagues “worked tirelessly for many years serving their local communities and were married with families”, the trust said in a statement.
– Suzanne Loverseed, care worker
Previously an ITU nurse, Ms Loverseed spent more recent years working in care homes.
In a blog post, her son Ian O’Neal wrote: “We might have had another twenty years with her; instead, we had to say goodbye via an ipad, unable to hold her hand.”
– Momudou Dibba, hospital housekeeper
Momudou – or Mo – Dibba worked on Watford General Hospital’s Letchmore and Lengley wards. He died on April 29.
“He would go above and beyond for everyone, organising staff leaving parties and supporting everyone in their roles. He will be sorely missed,” West Hertfordshire NHS Trust said.
– Mike Brown, hospital linen porter
The “well-recognised and popular” hospital linen porter had worked for 20 years for University Hospital Southampton (UHS) before his death in the early hours of April 29.
– Dr Nasir Khan
Married well-recognised and popular father-of-three Dr Nasir Khan would “look for the slightest of excuses to help those in need,” according to his son Mahad Ali Khan.
Dr Khan was a locum doctor working at Dewsbury and District Hospital, who died on April 29 after contracting Covid-19.
Karen Hutton, care worker
The “much-loved” 58-year-old, who died on April 28 after testing positive for Covid-19, was employed as a staff nurse at Lochleven Care Home in Broughty Ferry, Dundee.
– Jermaine Wright, senior pharmacy technician
Mr Wright, 45, died on April 27 after contracting the virus, having most recently worked at the Royal Brompton Hospital.
Imperial College Healthcare Trust described him as an “inspiration” who “saved countless lives”.
– Kenneth Lambatan, cardiology research nurse
Mr Lambatan was just 33 years old when he died on April 27 after contracting Covid-19 and was “an extraordinary person, son, brother, nurse, colleague and friend”, according to a GoFundMe page posted in his memory.
St George’s Hospital, London, where he worked, said he was “described as a ‘true gem’ by those that knew him well”.
– Anujkumar Kuttikkottu Pavithran, nurse
Known as Kumar to his colleagues, Mr Pavithran was a staff nurse at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, where he was “very well-liked” according to a spokesman for his workplace. He died on April 27 having contracted Covid-19.
– Elma Cavalida, maternity assistant
The “bubbly” and “friendly” maternity assistant worked at Northwick Park Hospital and died on April 26 after contracting Covid-19.
She arrived in England 10 years ago from the Philippines according to a GoFundMe page set up by her husband.
– Julius Sana, healthcare support worker
Mr Sana, 40, fell ill with Covid-19 while working at a private hospital which cares for people with neurodegenerative diseases in Newport, South Wales. He died on April 26.
– Eileen Landers, cleaner
The hospital cleaner with a “heart of gold” died after contracting Covid-19 on April 26 at Queen’s Hospital in Burton-upon-Trent, where she had worked for the past 16 years.
– Fiona Anderson, nurse
The community staff nurse at Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre, Sunderland, “devoted her life to helping others” before she died on April 26 after testing positive for the virus.
Her family said she died “doing what she loved, working for the NHS and caring for those in need”.
– Jodon Gait, nurse
The 46-year-old had symptoms of Covid-19 before dying at home on April 25. He had been working for just over 12 months in the medical short stay unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, where he was described as “a dedicated, passionate, caring colleague”.
Dr Martin Mansell, consultant nephrologist
The kidney specialist, a consultant nephrologist at St Peter’s Hospitals, Middlesex Hospital and Royal Free Hospital, London, died after contracting Covid-19, the Renal Association announced.
According to a social media tribute by his daughter, Dr Mansell died on April 24.
– Dr Paul Kabasele, eye doctor
Known for his “warm, reassuring and generous nature”, Mr Kabasele worked for a decade as part of the eye care team at Croydon University Hospital before he died having contracted Covid-19 on April 24.
– Adekunle Enitan, intensive care nurse
The “kind and cheery” father-of-two died in hospital on April 24 after being cared for by the team at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent, with whom he had worked for five years.
– Janice Glassey, healthcare assistant
The “much-loved” 66-year-old, who worked in the out-of-hours district nursing service for Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in Halton, Cheshire, died on April 24 after contracting the virus, her employers said.
– Emelita Hurboda, nurse
A self-employed nurse in Nottingham, Ms Hurboda “made sacrifices to work abroad and moved to the UK to provide a better life and education for her family”.
– Tony Kabia, hospital security guard
Tony Kabia, a hospital security worker from Wythenshaw, Greater Manchester, “took pride in his work and brightened everyone’s day”, said health trust bosses. He died on April 23.
– Larni Zuniga, care home nurse
Mr Zuniga, who received his British citizenship in February, died on April 24 aged 54, at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London.
After arriving in the UK 12 years ago in a bid to make a better life for his family, according to a friend, he worked in the Surrey Hills care home in Godalming.
– Dr Vishna Rasiah, consultant neonatologist
Dr Vishna Rasiah, who worked as a “clinical lead” at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, died after contracting coronavirus, the trust announced on April 24.
His wife Liza said: “He treated every patient and family he cared for as his own. I couldn’t have been prouder of him.”
– Sharon Scanlon, care worker
The “dedicated, hard-working” 58-year-old, a member of Powys County Council’s adult social care team in Mid Wales for four years, died of suspected Covid-19 on April 23. From Brecon, she was married and had two grown-up children and a granddaughter.
– Eyitolami Olaolorun, paediatric nurse
The mother-of-four’s death was announced by her family on April 23.
In a tribute on GoFundMe, her children said: “She was an excellent paediatric nurse with 40 years of experience.
“She was caring and compassionate towards all her patients and their families, so much so, that some of them have become part of our extended family.”
– June Anderson, carer
Ms Anderson died on April 22 after contracting Covid-19, having worked for many years at James Dixon Court in Netherton, Merseyside, Sefton Council has confirmed.
– Mahadaye Jagroop, nurse
Also known as Mary, Ms Jagroop worked at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, where she died after contracting Covid-19 on April 22.
“Mary was a respected and loved member of our team and touched the lives of many in her distinguished career as a nurse,” said Lisa Stalley-Green, chief nurse at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
– Angie Cunningham, nurse
Angie Cunningham provided “amazing care” as a nurse for 30 years before she died at Borders General Hospital, where she worked, on April 22.
In a joint statement with NHS Borders Trust chief executive Ralph Roberts, Ms Cunningham’s family said: “Angie was a much-loved wife, mother, sister, granny and great granny, as well as a friend to many more.”
– Katy Davis, nurse
The University of Southampton confirmed the death of Katy Davis, who worked in child health and was described by her colleagues as “a nurse people would aspire to be like”.
The 38-year-old had underlying health conditions and died on April 21 at Southampton General Hospital after testing positive for the virus.
– Melonie Mitchell, 111 worker
Ms Mitchell’s death was confirmed by the London Ambulance Service, where she worked. Chief executive Garrett Emmerson said she “will be greatly missed”.
– Medhat Atalla, consultant
The “hugely popular and respected” Dr Atalla died following treatment for coronavirus at Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI), where he worked as a consultant geriatrician, the hospital said.
He moved to Britain from Egypt about 20 years ago and his colleagues said he cared for elderly people on three continents, including across the north of England.
– Ian Reynolds, paramedic
Ian Reynolds, 53, had worked as a paramedic for more than 30 years, and for the last eight had been working as a member of the Selhurst Park pitch-side medical team.
Crystal Palace Football Club paid tribute to him and said he was a “much-loved colleague” and friend.
– Ann Shepherd, counsellor
Ann Shepherd, who had worked at the Moir Medical Centre in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, for 26 years, died in hospital earlier this week, the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said.
The 80-year-old, from Leicester, had underlying health conditions before contracting coronavirus.
– Sharon Bamford, care assistant
Sharon Bamford was described as a “warm” and “caring” healthcare assistant who worked on the haematology/oncology ward at Singleton Hospital in Swansea.
Her death on April 21 follows that of her husband Malcolm, who also died after contracting Covid-19. Their son, Christian, was admitted to hospital with the virus but has since been discharged.
– Graham Thorne, hospital maintenance worker
After contracting Covid-19 the “quiet and friendly” Mr Thorne died at his workplace of four years, Bedford Hospital, where he was a “quiet and friendly” member of the team according to Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
He died on April 20 according to the BBC, who spoke with his partner Debbie Cox.
– Charlie Goodwin, ambulance worker
The 61-year-old was described as “an enormously respected member” of the first4care ambulance service in Nottinghamshire. He spent 11 days in intensive care with Covid-19 before he died on April 20.
Mr Goodwin had been an ambulance worker for two decades, and his wife Julie said he “wanted to help out and do his bit”.
– Miharajiya Mohideen, adult care nurse
She had been working at Newham General Hospital for several years before contracting Covid-19. She spent 13 days in King George Hospital before her death.
Her son Javed wrote on a JustGiving page set up in her memory: “I am hoping to raise £10,000 for a water well to be built either in Sierra Leone or Malawi, where this will act as an ongoing charity for her.”
– Dr Yusuf Patel, GP and surgery founder
Father-of-three Dr Yusuf Patel, 61, founded Woodgrange Medical Practice in Newham, east London, where he worked as GP for over two decades before he died with coronavirus symptoms on April 20.
Dr Patel’s colleagues there have remembered him as a “simple, humble and honest man” who was “the life and soul of any party.”
– Grant Maganga, mental health nurse
Grant Maganga died on April 20 at Tameside Hospital after 11 years of nursing, most recently at Hurst Place in Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, a rehabilitation unit for men with severe mental illness and complex needs.
“Grant was an exceptional nurse who cared deeply for his patients and lit up the room with his infectious smile and positive personality,” said Clare Parker, director of nursing at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Mr Maganga’s unit.
– Kirsty Jones, healthcare support worker
The mother-of-two died on Monday after working for 24 years with NHS Lanarkshire, where she was described as a “selfless and bright” employee.
Her husband, Nigel, said: “She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and nurse… A void has opened in our hearts that will never be filled.”
– Sadeq Elhowsh, orthopaedic surgeon
The 58-year-old father of four worked for St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in Merseyside for 17 years.
His nephew Raeif, 32, said Mr Elhowsh was “truly a great friend and “an intelligent, kind-hearted, determined, cheerful and highly accomplished man”.
– Sophie Fagan, carer support specialist
Described as an “extraordinary woman” who “refused to retire”, Sophie Fagan, 78, was well known at Homerton University Hospital and across Hackney, first qualifying as a nurse in 1966.
Paying tribute to her, Homerton chief executive Tracey Fletcher said: “She refused to fully retire and, although she did reduce her hours, she was often to be found meeting relatives and supporting staff in the hospital when she wasn’t due to be. Sophie wanted to make a difference and caring for the elderly was her passion.
– Craig Wakeham, GP
Dr Wakeham had been working as a GP for 30 years, and a message on the Cerne Abbas Surgery website said: “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.”
He had spent several days in hospital after contracting the virus.
– Ate Wilma Banaag, nurse
Nurse and mother of three Ate Wilma Banaag had worked at Watford General Hospital for almost two decades, since she arrived in the UK in January 2001.
A fundraiser, set up in her memory, said she was “so hard-working up to her last working days” when she contracted the virus.
– Ade Dickson, mental health nurse
Mr Dickson had been working in the Barnet Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team at the time of his death.
The Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, which announced his death, said: “Ade was a highly respected colleague who will be deeply missed by his family, friends, Trust staff and patients.”
– Gerallt Davies, emergency consultant
On April 20, the 51-year-old, from Swansea, became the first paramedic in Wales to die after contacting coronavirus. He had worked for the Welsh Ambulance Service for 26 years.
– Manjeet Singh Riyat, emergency consultant
Mr Riyat, the first Sikh to work as an A&E consultant in the UK, died on April 20. He was known by his colleagues at the Royal Derby Hospital as the “father of the emergency department”.
– Joanne Klenczon, domestic supervisor
A 34-year-old domestic supervisor from Northampton General Hospital (NGH), Ms Klenzon’s death was announced by the trust on April 20.
Dr Sonia Swart, chief executive at the trust, said: “Joanna Klenczon touched the lives of so many people at NGH and she will be missed by everyone who knew or worked with her.
– Chrissie Emerson, healthcare assistant
Ms Emerson was working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King’s Lynn in Norfolk when she died after testing positive for Covid-19.
In a joint statement issued on April 20, Queen Elizabeth Hospital chief executive Caroline Shaw and chairman Professor Steve Barnett said: “The whole family at QEH is deeply saddened at losing Chrissie Emerson, who was such a valued colleague, and much-loved wife to Michael and cherished mother and grandmother.
– Grace Kungwengwe, healthcare worker
The frontline worker and grandmother is described as a “dedicated NHS worker, who loved her job and was actively working until she tested positive (for) Covid-19” on a fundraising page set up in her memory.
It said: “She was loved by many and her dedication and care for others was second to none.”
Edem Dzigbede, nurse
After a 30-year nursing career, Ms Dzigbede retired last year before returning to work on the respiratory ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Described on a GoFundMe page in her honour as a “blessing to everyone she came across”, she died on April 19.
Donna Fitzgerald, care home manager
The 56-year-old worked at Amberley House care home in Plympton, Devon, in a job she “loved so much”, according to her family.
She died on April 18.
– Josephine Matseke (Manini), nurse
Josephine Masteke (Manini), also known as Josephine Peter, died on April 18 at Southport and Formby District General Hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.
She had been working at Southport on an agency contract since February and had been a nurse for 20 years. She was married with two children.
– Rajesh Kalraiya, community paediatrician, and Mamoona Rana, trainee registrar in psychiatry
The North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) confirmed the deaths of Drs Kalraiya and Rana, describing them as two “highly valued and respected colleagues”.
Dr Kalraiya was 68 and was working as a locum in Romford. Dr Rana was 49.
– Prem Lal, associate practitioner in histopathology
Ms Lal, who worked at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, died on April 19 after being treated by colleagues in the intensive care unit.
Her colleagues described her as a “mother figure” in the department.
– Keith Dunnington, nurse
Father-of-two Mr Dunnington was an agency nurse, working for Pulse Nursing at a number of health centres including Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust most recently, which said he was known for “always having a positive outlook”.
He died after contracting Covid-19, reportedly on April 19.
– Margaret Tapley, healthcare assistant
The “phenomenal, committed, kind-hearted” auxiliary nurse was still working night shifts when she died on April 19, at the age of 84.
Her grandson, Tom Wood, paid tribute to her and said she had inspired him to become a nurse himself.
– Patrick McManus, nurse
Mr McManus, 60, had worked as a nurse in Staffordshire for more than 40 years when he died after contracting Covid-19.
– Unnamed paramedic for North West Ambulance Service
The paramedic was married with children and had worked for the trust for a considerable number of years.
Chief executive Daren Mochrie said the death will “deeply affect many people within the trust”.
– Jenelyn Carter, healthcare assistant
Ms Carter worked on the admissions ward at Morriston Hospital and was well-loved by all her colleagues and patients, Swansea Bay University Health Board said.
– Michael Allieu, staff nurse
Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust confirmed that staff nurse Michael Allieu died on April 18 at Homerton Hospital.
– Dean McKee, care worker
The 28-year-old, who worked at St Vincent’s House care home in Hammersmith, died on April 7.
While the family had not been given official confirmation of his coronavirus diagnosis, they believe Mr McKee must have died of the illness and told PA that police let relatives “go up to see him and they had to wear the full PPE in order to go in the small room that they’d set aside”.
– Sonya Kaygan, carer
The “gentle, caring and kind-hearted” 26-year-old died on April 17, leaving behind her three-year-old daughter, who will be raised by Ms Kaygan’s mother, according to a GoFundMe page in her honour.
Ms Kaygan had been working for the agency Care UK, which had seen her work at various care homes, tending to work night shifts, according to her employer, to provide company for residents who do not sleep well.
– Khulisani (Khuli) Nkala, mental health nurse
Mr Nkala, 46, a “well-respected and selfless professional nurse, who always put the patient first” had been working as a charge nurse in the forensic services at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust before he died on April 17, after testing positive for Covid-19.
– Vivek Sharma, occupational therapist
The 58-year-old father-of-two died on April 17 after isolating since the end of March.
Described as a gentle soul who was kind and generous, he had been isolating from around the end of March as a vulnerable member of staff due to underlying health conditions, and became ill with coronavirus.
– Linda Clarke, community midwife
Wigan Today reported the death of Linda Clarke, a 66-year-old community midwife at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary on April 17.
– Ruben Munoz, nursing assistant
Ruben Munoz, a father of two and nursing assistant at Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust for a decade, died on April 17.
– Kamlesh Kumar Masson, doctor
Dr Masson, who died on April 16 aged 78, had worked in the NHS for 47 years. He founded the Milton Road Surgery in Grays, Essex, in 1985 and worked there until 2017, when he moved on to locum work.
– Dawn Marshall, support time recovery worker
Most recently at Quayside House in Oldbury, Ms Marshall had worked for the Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for 10 years before her death on April 15. The trust said she was “bubbly” and “always breaking out in song”.
– Esther Akinsanya, nurse
The nurse and grandmother was working on the front line at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London before her death on the evening of April 15, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust confirmed.
Ms Akinsanya, 55, had been a nurse for the NHS for more than 20 years along with her older sister, Mary Idowu, who has also been fighting Covid-19 and has been in a coma in recent weeks.
Her son Samuel told the PA news agency: “My mother is an angel in human form.
“She was a people’s person, always available to stretch herself thin to help in any way, shape or form. She would sacrifice to ensure you were whole, nothing was half-hearted.”
– Barry England, leading operations manager
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust confirmed Mr England died on April 16, having spent four days in hospital after testing positive for the virus.
A statement issued on behalf of his family said Mr England was extremely proud to have worked for the ambulance service for more than 33 years.
– Lourdes Campbell, healthcare assistant
Known as “Des” to her colleagues, the healthcare assistant was remembered as “diligent and compassionate” by the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.
In a statement on April 16, chief executive of the trust Fiona Noden said Ms Campbell died in the critical care unit at Royal Bolton Hospital after contracting the virus.
– Simon Guest, radiographer
A radiographer at Furness General Hospital, Mr Guest died on the evening of April 15. His wife Nicky described him as “special, a true gentleman and a great role model to all”.
– Jane Murphy, clinical support worker
Aged 73, Ms Murphy worked at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for almost 30 years, first as a cleaner before being retrained as a clinical support worker.
“Jane would help anybody out, but would tell you if you were wrong,” a friend said.
– Dr Krishan Arora, GP
Dr Krishan Arora was a senior partner at Violet Lane Medical Practice, and had been a GP in Croydon, south London, for 27 years. The 57-year-old died on April 15 after testing positive for the virus.
– Gladys Mujajati, also known as Gladys Nyemba, mental health nurse
The 46-year-old, who worked to support people in Derby, has been described as “precious” by science minister Amanda Solloway, and “much-loved”, “warm” and “caring” by her colleagues.
Ms Mujajati, who had an underlying health condition and had stepped away from work in recent weeks, died in hospital, the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said.
-Amrik Bamotra, radiology support worker
Mr Bamotra, known to colleagues as “Bob”, was said to have “treated everyone like his own family”, and leaves behind a wife, daughter and son.
The 63-year-old had worked at the King George Hospital in Ilford, east London, for four years, and is suspected to have died from coronavirus. His death was announced on April 15.
– Andy Treble, theatre assistant
The 57-year-old, a theatre assistant at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital in North Wales, died on April 15 after testing positive for the disease.
His sister, Maria Molloy, described her brother – who had worked at the hospital for almost 40 years – as a “kind man” who dedicated his life to his profession and “always had a smile on his face”.
– Khalid Jamil, healthcare assistant
Mr Jamil, 57, died on April 14 after working in a ward caring for the elderly at Watford General Hospital, having joined West Hertfordshire NHS Trust in March 2006.
His daughter Sumaiyah Jamil, 22, told the Watford Observer her father was “an NHS hero who lost his life to coronavirus” but whose memories they will cherish forever.
– Juliet Alder, healthcare assistant
The 58-year-old mother had worked at West London NHS Trust since 2016. She died on April 14 and was described by Carolyn Regan, trust chief executive, as “kind, caring and thoughtful”
– Patricia Crowhurst, care worker
A carer for more than 20 years, Ms Crowhurst died on April 14. Most recently she had worked as a healthcare assistant for a nursing agency, providing care at a number of homes on Teesside.
Her daughters told ITV News “she was the most loving, affectionate woman that we’ve had the pleasure of being with”.
– Linnette Cruz, dental nurse
The 51-year-old senior head nurse at the Brynteg dental practice in Sketty died on April 14 having been admitted with Covid-19 in March, according to NHS Wales.
Brynteg practice owner Nik Patel said: “She brought love, light and joy to everyone around her and will be sadly missed by all.”
– Steven Pearson, mental health nurse
Father-of-two Steven Pearson “dedicated his life to mental health”, said Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust, for whom he worked for 30 years helping vulnerable patients in the community.
A “highly respected member of the team with a larger than life personality”, he leaves his wife Anne, and their two daughters, Rebecca, 26, and Bethany, 20.
Johanna Daniels, care home nurse
Originally from South Africa, the 67-year-old had been working in Pitkerro Care Centre, in Dundee, as a nurse. Said by friends to be “incredibly kind-hearted, selfless and dedicated”, she died on April 13 having fallen ill with Covid-19.
– Josiane Zauma Ebonja Ekoli, nurse
The mother-of-five was an agency nurse who lived in Leeds and worked at Harrogate Hospital. She died on April 13, aged 55.
Her daughter said: “It meant everything to be a nurse, she’s been doing it for as long as I remember – more than 30 years.”
– Barbara Sage, Marie Curie nurse
The 68-year-old, from Bromley in south London, died in intensive care on April 12 after spending more than 40 years working in palliative care, and the last 14 years with Marie Curie.
– Rahima Bibi Sidhanee, care home staff
Rahima Bibi Sidhanee, who worked at Grennell Lodge Nursing Home in Sutton, south London, for more than 30 years, died in hospital on April 12 after contracting Covid-19.
– Dr Peter Tun, associate specialist
The father-of-two worked as an associate specialist in neurorehabilitation at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading for more than 21 years.
The 62-year-old, who died in the intensive care unit at the hospital on April 12, was called a “superhero dad” by his two sons in a tribute.
– Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, nurse
Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong died on April 12 after testing positive for Covid-19 earlier in the month.
David Carter, chief executive at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Mary worked here for five years and was a highly valued and loved member of our team, a fantastic nurse and a great example of what we stand for in this trust.”
– Cheryl Williams, ward housekeeper
North Middlesex University Hospital said Ms Williams would be remembered as a “much-loved colleague”.
Ms Williams, who worked as a housekeeper on an elderly patient ward at the hospital in Edmonton, north London, died on April 12.
– Maureen Ellington, healthcare assistant
Grandmother Mrs Ellington, who was in her early 60s “would light up any room she entered”, worked at Southmead Hospital in Bristol and died on April 12, having worked for the NHS for more than 25 years
– Leilani Medel, nurse
Mrs Medel, who worked as an agency nurse in South Wales, was described as a “wonderful and caring person”. Her employer, Cardiff-based Hoop Recruitment, said: “The nursing profession has lost a warm-natured and beautiful nurse who cared for so many vulnerable people during her nursing career.”
– Amarante Dias, hospital worker
Amarante Dias, who worked at the Weston General Hospital in north Somerset, was described as a “valued and much-loved colleague” who would be “greatly missed”.
– Melujean Ballesteros, nurse
The “dedicated and very caring” Filipino nurse, 60, died at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, on April 12, just two days after being admitted.
– Kevin Smith, plaster technician
Doncaster Royal Infirmary confirmed the death of plaster technician Kevin Smith on April 12, following a “brief, but courageous, battle with Covid-19”.
He worked at the hospital for more than 35 years and was “renowned for his warm personality, diligence and compassion”, the trust said.
– Oscar King Jr, hospital porter
Oscar King Jr, a Filipino porter at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, died on April 11, aged 45. He was said to have worked for the hospital for more than a decade, “always doing his job with great enthusiasm and joy”.
– Elbert Rico, hospital porter
A colleague of Oscar King Jr at John Radcliffe, Mr Rico worked as a porter there since moving to the UK from the Philippines in 2004 “and loved the work that he did”, according to a fundraising page published by his family.
– Gareth Roberts, nurse
The death of the “extremely popular” Mr Roberts, who came out of retirement in 2015 having worked since the 1980s, was confirmed by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board on April 11.
– Mandy Siddorn, pharmacy checking technician
Described by colleagues at Swettenham Chemists as a “loyal, hardworking and dedicated friend”, Ms Siddorn was a registered checking technician, the highest ranked non-pharmacist role.
– Donna Campbell, healthcare support worker
Described by colleagues as “beautiful and kind-hearted”, the healthcare support worker from the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff died at the University Hospital of Wales on April 10.
– Sara Dee Trollope, nurse
A 51-year-old matron for older adult mental health services in Hillingdon, west London, Mrs Trollope died at Watford General Hospital on April 10 after testing positive for the virus.
The mother-of-four was described as “an example to every one of us” by her daughter.
– Brian Darlington, porter
Mr Darlington, a porter with Mid Cheshire Hospitals, was known for handing out sweets to his colleagues. He died on April 10, aged 68.
His wife of 46 years, Ava, said: “He was dedicated to the trust, and as a family we are grateful for and appreciative of all of the kind words and messages we have seen and received.”
– Julie Omar, nurse
The trauma and orthopaedics nurse at Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital in Worcestershire died at home while self-isolating with symptoms on April 10. She was 52.
– Amor Gatinao, nurse
The nurse is reported to have died on the morning of April 10, having worked at St Charles Hospital, west London.
– Andy Costa, ward administrator
Mr Costa was one of the longest-serving members of staff at a mental health centre in London, having worked for 26 years in the NHS, most recently as a ward administrator at Highgate Mental Health Centre in north London.
The NHS trust paid tribute to his “diligence and loyalty” after he died on April 9.
– Abdul Gellaledin, ambulance care assistant
Colleagues of Mr Gellaledin, who worked for Falck Ambulance UK helping to transport patients to and from Kingston Hospital, held a two-minute silence for him following his death earlier in April.
– Mick Gallagher, agency care worker
The 34-year-old had been working night shifts in a care home near Glasgow and was training to be a nurse at the time of his death on April 9.
He had just moved in with his partner John when he was diagnosed with the virus. He died suddenly, with John by his side.
John told Channel 4: “His last words were that he was scared, and I was scared too but I was there for him.
“And then he told me that he loved me and I said it to him as well, that I loved him and that we were going to get through it.”
– Aimee O’Rourke, nurse
The 39-year-old nurse and mother died at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent, where she worked, on April 9.
– Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, consultant urologist
The 53-year-old wrote a Facebook post asking Prime Minister Boris Johnson to urgently provide every NHS worker with personal protective equipment just five days before he died on the night of April 8.
– Dr Edmond Adedeji, doctor
The 62-year-old worked as a locum registrar in the emergency department of Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire, and died “doing a job he loved” on April 8.
– Fayez Ayache, GP
The 76-year-old general practitioner and grandfather died in Ipswich Hospital on April 8, having been diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and coronavirus.
– Elsie Sazuze, care home nurse
Mrs Sazuze, who worked for Wolverhampton-based agency Totallycare, died on April 7 at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, according to the BBC, who spoke to her husband, Ken.
– Leilani Dayrit, nurse
Described as a “ray of sunshine”, Ms Dayrit, a Filipino nurse who worked at St Cross Hospital in Rugby, died on April 7.
– Donald Suelto, nurse
The 51-year-old, who worked at Hammersmith Hospital in west London, died on April 7 after going into self-isolation with coronavirus symptoms.
– Alice Kit Tak Ong, nurse
The 70-year-old, originally from Hong Kong, died on April 7 after 44 years of working for the NHS. She was described by her daughter, Melissa, as “generous to everyone else before herself”.
– Janice Graham, nurse
The 58-year-old healthcare support worker from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde became the first nurse in Scotland to die as a result of the coronavirus pandemic on April 6.
– Syed Zishan Haider, GP
The 79-year-old family doctor, known as Zishan by colleagues at Barking and Dagenham CCG – where he worked for more than three decades, died in hospital on April 6 after testing positive for coronavirus.
The CCG chair Dr Jagan John said: “Dr Haider was a selfless man who loved his patients, and this is a tragic loss to our GP community.”
– Barbara Moore, patient discharge planner
Described as an “unsung hero”, the 54-year-old grandmother died on April 6, the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said.
– Dr Alfa Saadu, doctor
The 68-year-old, who had returned to work from retirement, died on April 6 at the Whittington Hospital in north London.
– Jitendra Rathod, surgeon
A “highly regarded” associate specialist in cardiothoracic surgery at the University Hospital of Wales, Mr Rathod died on the morning of April 6.
– Lynsay Coventry, midwife
Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, announced the death of the 54-year-old – the first involving a serving NHS midwife after testing positive for the virus – on April 5.
– Emily Perugia, care worker
A care co-ordinator in Hillingdon, north-west London, Ms Perugia was just 29 at the time of her death, which was confirmed on April 5.
She was described by a colleague as a “lovely woman, who never said no to any requests”. Ms Perugia’s mother, sister, brother and fiance all work for the same NHS trust as her.
– Ibilola Aladejana, hospital receptionist
Known as Lola, the “much-loved” Mrs Aladejana was an agency worker who had been at University College Hospital for four years, most recently as a receptionist.
The mother-of-three died on April 4 due to complications of Covid-19, according to a GoFundMe page set up by her husband Ayodele Aladejana.
– Catherine Sweeney, care home worker
Ms Sweeney died on April 4 while being cared for at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. In a statement released through the GMB union, her family said she was a “wonderful mother, sister, and beloved aunty”.
– Glen Corbin, nurse
The 59-year-old had worked at the Park Royal Centre for Mental Health in Harlesden, north-west London, for more than 25 years and his employer, the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, announced his death on April 4.
– Rebecca Mack, nurse
The 29-year-old died on April 5, after going into self-isolation with symptoms. Her friend, Sarah Bredin-Kemp, said she was an “incredible nurse”.
– Liz Glanister, nurse
Aintree University Hospital said the staff nurse died on April 3, with her family describing their loss as “simply beyond words”.
– Dr Anton Sebastianpillai, consultant
The consultant geriatrician died on April 4, four days after being admitted to the intensive care unit and two weeks after completing his final shift on March 20, according to Kingston Hospital in south-west London.
– Elvira Bucu, healthcare assistant
Ms Bucu, based at Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot, died on April 3.
A statement from Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust said her colleagues described her as a “ray of sunshine”.
– Amanda Forde, GP receptionist
In a statement on its website, Vale Practice in Crouch End, north London, paid tribute to the “beautiful, caring receptionist”, who died on April 3 having contracted Covid-19.
– John Alagos, nurse
The Mail On Sunday reported that the 27-year-old nurse, who treated coronavirus patients at Watford General Hospital, died after a shift on April 3.
– Areema Nasreen, nurse
Ms Nasreen, 36, died on April 2 in intensive care at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands, where she had worked for 16 years.
– Professor Mohamed Sami Shousha, researcher
The 79-year-old, who had worked at UK cancer research laboratories at London’s Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals since 1978, died on April 2.
His nephew, Abdelrahman Shousha, said his uncle returned to work to help fight the virus despite his age, adding: “My uncle was characterised by his humbleness, virtue and his adamancy to help and serve, whether it be his family, friends, his colleagues or his students.”
– Carol Jamabo, care worker
Mother-of-two Ms Jamabo, 56, is believed to have been the first care worker who died after contracting Covid-19 to be identified publicly.
The care worker with Cherish Elderly Care in Bury, Greater Manchester, died on April 1, according to a GoFundMe page established to support her family.
– Thomas Harvey, nurse
The healthcare assistant, a father-of-seven who worked at Goodmayes Hospital in Ilford, east London, died at home on March 29, aged 57.
– Dr Amged El-Hawrani, consultant
Dr El-Hawrani was an ear, nose and throat consultant with University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. He died at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester on March 28, aged 55.
– Pooja Sharma, pharmacist
Ms Sharma, a pharmacist at Eastbourne District General Hospital, died unexpectedly on March 26, according to a JustGiving page created in her memory.
– Dr Habib Zaidi, doctor
The GP in Leigh-on-Sea died in intensive care at Southend Hospital, Essex, on March 25, aged 76.
– Dr Adil El Tayar, transplant surgeon
The 63-year-old died at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth, west London, on March 25. He had been working as a locum surgeon.
Charles Kwame Tanor, mental health worker
The 39-year-old had been working night shifts at Eden Place Mental Health Nursing Home in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, before he died on March 11.
Mr Tanor’s partner Prudence King, his four-year-old son Charles and 12-year-old stepson said they are “devastated” by his death.
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