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First female GP has died with Covid-19 aged only 56

Dr Poornima Nair has become the first female GP to die with Covid-19.

Dr Nair, 56, of Bishop Auckland, County Durham, is the tenth GP to die with the virus.

Dr Nair, who worked at the Station View Medical Centre, died on Tuesday (12 May) at University Hospital of North Tees, where she had been treated since 20 March.

Dr Nair, who had a special interest in women’s health, is survived by her husband, who is also a doctor, and a son.

Her practice said in a statement on its website: ‘The practice is very sorry to announce to our patients the death of our much loved and valued colleague and friend Dr Poornima Nair.

‘Dr Nair passed away after a prolonged Covid-19 illness which she fought with her great strength of character.

‘We are all devastated and upset by this tragic news and hope you will join with us in our thoughts and prayers.’ 

Fellow GP Dr Preeti Shukla, of the BMA's GP Committee, was among those to pay tribute. 

Local MP Dehenna Davison issued a statement of condolence via Facebook, which was met with over 100 responses in memoriam.

The MP said: ‘I’m deeply saddened to hear of the heartbreaking loss of Dr Poornima Nair after contracting coronavirus.

‘Dr Nair was a well-known and extremely valued member of our community, serving as a doctor at Station View Medical Centre. She will be heavily missed by all that knew her, and my thoughts and prayers go out to her friends, family, and colleagues at this sad time.’

Dr Nair's death marks the passing of another healthcare professional of BAME origin and comes as GP practices have been asked to consider removing BAME staff from the frontline.

She is the second GP to die with the virus in the past week, following the death of Clacton-on-Sea-based Dr Karamat Ullah Mirza on Sunday.

Readers' comments (23)

  • John G Munro - we all see the contrast between our hard working colleagues like Dr Nair, for whom we have the deepest respect and empathy for, and our out of touch leaders. I sense a growing anger amongst my colleagues back in the UK towards the leadership of certain medical bodies, especially when they can't admit deficiencies or where mistakes have been made, and that the lack of competence is now more than likely costing lives. I think thats why patience is running very thin...... someone might perceive your comments to be 'inappropriate' but you are merely voicing the frustrations that are shared and felt by many of us. If there was an alternative, how many of us would choose to work with NHSe? Again I offer my sympathies to Dr Nairs family and sincerely hope that she was offered every protection in the workplace.

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  • RIP Our condolences to her family

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  • A sad loss of another doctor, prayer and thoughts are with family & friends.

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  • Extremely sad!
    Deepest Sympathies RIP
    Protect yourselves as much as possible
    NHS England do not care a damn about us
    Do this, Do that Go to care Home

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  • So sad

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  • RIP. My condolences to the bereaved family.

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  • RIP Dr Nair.
    My deepest sympathies to the doctor's family and friends.

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  • My deep condolences

    I think its premature and unhelpful to play the blame game. There is so much that we don't know.

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  • My condolences and deepest sympathy to the family.

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  • This is another sad and tragic death of another "one of us". My deepest condolences to Dr Nair's friends and family.

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