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'Hugely respected' Essex GP died with coronavirus

NHS Southend CCG has confirmed the first case of a GP dying after being infected with the coronavirus (Covid-19).

The family of Essex GP Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, told the BBC that they believed he died with coronavirus last week.

Dr Zaidi, a partner at Leigh-on-Sea's Eastwood Group Practice, is understood to have died in intensive care in Southend Hospital on 25 March. 

A CCG spokesperson told Pulse regarding Dr Zaidi's death: 'We can confirm there was a positive test result for Covid-19.'

Dr Jose Garcia-Lobera, GP chair of NHS Southend CCG, said: 'Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dr Zaidi's family at this devastating time.

'A hugely respected, selfless man who dedicated his life to helping others, Dr Zaidi will always be remembered for his significant contribution to local health services through his long career as a GP.

'His loss is deeply felt by his staff, fellow clinicians and the wider community. Our thoughts are with his family, who we hope, in time, can take comfort from the incredible legacy he has left behind.'  

Dr Hamid Mahgoub, Covid-19 incident director for Public Health England East, said: 'We are saddened by the death of a GP from Essex and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

'The individual did not see patients while they were symptomatic. His close contacts that may have seen him whilst he was symptomatic have been following the self-isolation guidance.'

Earlier today, a Derby-based doctor was also confirmed to have died with the virus.

Mr Amged El-Hawrani, 55, was an associate clinical director and ENT specialist at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, and died on Saturday (28 March) at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital.

As of 5pm yesterday, 1,408 patients in the UK who tested positive for Covid-19 have died.

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Readers' comments (5)

  • My condolences go out to the families of both of these doctors who will be missed.

    The risks involved in seeing asymptomatic patients is still reasonably high and 20% of these patients will test positive for this virus. GPs having to do face to face consults should not be reassured by negative triage for common symptoms.

    Please watch this interview from Korea from a clinician who has been working in this field for 30 years and unlike the West seems to have learned from previous epidemics. Please judge for yourselves but I will not be taking any chances even if triaged patients are coming to see me face to face.

    I hope that me sharing this link is not seen as inappropriate here but if it goes in some way to help fellow clinicians to make more informed decisions then I feel it is worth it.

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  • Azeem Majeed

    Condolences to Dr Zaidi's family.

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  • if you do nothing else today, check out that youtube link and share it as much as you can
    thank you for that maria cassasco
    God bless Drs Zaidi and El-Hawrani and their families; and pray that this information prevents other losses to our NHS family

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  • Deeply sorry to learn about DR ZAIDI'S UNTIMELY DEATH. RIP.

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  • I knew Dr Zaidi personally and am deeply saddened by his untimely death.Equally worrying is the real risk of death from being in contact even with triaged patients.May God give his family strength at this difficult time.

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