The NHS workers who have died during the coronavirus pandemic

From porters to doctors, at least 63 NHS workers are now confirmed to have died during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Press Association
Monday, 20th April 2020, 5:31 pm
Updated Monday, 20th April 2020, 5:58 pm

The Department of Health has identified 43 NHS workers in England who have died after contracting Covid-19.

However, this is only a partial picture, with the true total thought to be significantly greater, as local NHS trusts and loved ones pay tribute to healthcare workers.

The PA news agency has verified 63 deaths since March 25, with 14 more yet to be confirmed.

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- 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.

‘We are offering our support to our staff during this difficult time whilst we all mourn the loss of one of our team members.

‘We would ask that the privacy of Joanna's family, friends and colleagues is respected at this time.’

- Chrissie Emerson, healthcare assistant

Ms Emerson was working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn in Norfolk when she died after testing positive for Covid-19.

In a joint statement issued on April 20, chief executive Caroline Shaw and chairman Professor Steve Barnett, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn, 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.

‘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.’

- Grace Kungwengwe, healthcare worker

The frontline worker 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.’

She leaves behind two sons and grandchildren.

- Rajesh Kalraiya, community paediatrician and Mamoona Rana, trainee registrar in psychiatry

The North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) confirmed the death or 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.

Both died last week.

Local media in India reported Dr Kalraiya had died after contracting Covid-19 but the NELFT was unable to confirm if either had tested positive for the virus.

Professor Oliver Shanley, chief executive at the trust, said: ‘We have shared our deepest condolences with their families and are giving them all the support possible.

‘They were very highly-regarded, enormously-valued, professional and committed doctors who will be hugely missed by their colleagues.

‘As well as their families, with whom we are working closely, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to their friends and work colleagues. We are ensuring they are supported through this difficult time and I would like to thank colleagues for the commitment, dedication and compassion they have shown.’

- Margaret Tapley, healthcare assistant

The 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.

He said: ‘This phenomenal, committed, kind-hearted fighter was my grandmother and I am so hugely proud of her.

‘She was my inspiration and a huge reason as to why I am a nurse today. She took huge pride in her work but was so humble. She embodied the nursing spirit.

‘For anyone who worked with her or knew her, that spirit that we all saw and felt lives on in us.

‘Grandma may have been called home in what feels all too early for us left behind but the values, spirit and giving nature that she brought to the world is carried on in us that we're touched by her life.’

- Patrick McManus, nurse

Mr McManus had worked as a nurse for more than 40 years in Staffordshire.

The 60-year-old was described as ‘an exceptional leader’ and a ‘lovable character’ and had worked at Staffordshire Royal Infirmary and the County Hospital in Stafford.

Paying tribute to Mr McManus, Tracy Bullock, UHNM chief executive, said: ‘We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of staff has passed away due to Covid-19.

‘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.

‘He was an exceptional leader and took staff and students under his wing. His big Irish personality will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues at UHNM.

‘Our deepest sympathies are with his family at this very sad time and we thank him for his many years of invaluable service to the trust, to his colleagues and to the patients and families he served.’

- 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.

The trust's 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.

Mark Madams, Morriston Hospital's nurse director, said: ‘Jenelyn would go the extra mile for anyone, and was a lovely, caring person inside and out, with a heart of gold.’

- Michael Allieu, staff nurse

Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust confirmed that staff nurse Michael Allieu died on April 18 at Homerton Hospital.

Homerton 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.’

- Linda Clarke, community midwife

Wigan Today reported the death of Linda Clarke, a 66-year-old community midwife at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.

According to the news outlet, Silas Nicholls, chief executive at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, said she died 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,’ the chief executive is reported to have said.

- 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.

His family said: ‘Ruben is a good son, a beloved husband and an amazing father to his two children. He was so proud of his NHS and Woodland Ward family.’

- 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 for 27 years.

He died on April 15 after testing positive for the virus.

The 57-year-old had followed national guidance and self-isolated at home when he developed symptoms and was not in work at the time of his death.

His death was confirmed by the South West London Clinical Commissioning Group.

Colleague Dr Agnelo Fernandes 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.’

- Gladys Mujajati, 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.

- 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.

- 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’.

- 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.’

- Josiane Zauma Ebonja Ekoli, nurse

Aged 55, the mother of five was an agency nurse who lived in Leeds and worked at Harrogate Hospital. She died on April 13.

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.’

- 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.

‘To us, he was simply the best human we know and we will miss him every day,’ they said.

- 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, worked at Southmead Hospital in Bristol and died on April 12.

She had worked for the NHS for more than 25 years at both Frenchay and Southmead hospitals.

Her family said: ‘She would light up any room she entered. She will always be in our hearts.’

- Leilani Medel, nurse

Mrs Medel, who worked as an agency nurse in South Wales, was described as a ‘wonderful and caring person’. Her employers, 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’ and 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

Aged 45, Oscar King Jr, a Filipino porter at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, died on April 11.

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 Mr 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.

- 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

Aged 52, the trauma and orthopaedics nurse at Redditch's Alexandra Hospital in Worcestershire, died at home while self-isolating with symptoms on April 10.

- Amor Gatinao, nurse

The nurse is reported to have died on the morning of April 10, having worked at St Charles Hospital, west London.

- Aimee O'Rourke, nurse

Aged 39, the 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 Haider, GP

The family doctor worked in Dagenham, east London, and died in hospital on April 6 after it is believed he developed coronavirus symptoms.

- 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 aged 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’. Her mother, sister, brother and fiance all work for the same NHS trust she represented.

- 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 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 the 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.

- 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

Aged 36, Ms Nasreen 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 professor, 79, 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 old 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.’

- Thomas Harvey, nurse

The healthcare assistant, 57, a father of seven who worked at Goodmayes Hospital in Ilford, east London, died at home on March 29.

- Dr Amged El-Hawrani, consultant

An ear, nose and throat consultant with University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, the 55-year-old died at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester on March 28.

- 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, working as a locum surgeon before his death.