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Tributes page – GPs who sadly died with Covid-19



Dr Zishan Haider

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Dr Zishan Haider

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Dr Zishan Haider, in his 80s, was a partner at Valence Medical Centre in Dagenham, east London. He died at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, on Saturday 4 April. He is survived by his son.

Dr Jagan John, chair of NHS Barking and Dagenham CCG: ‘It is with deep sadness that we share with you the loss of a valued GP and member of Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Zishan Haider, from Covid-19.

‘Dr Haider worked in Barking and Dagenham for more than 30 years, becoming a friend and mentor to fellow GPs across the borough.

‘He was also an innovator and appraiser, who was involved in leadership in primary care, and he had a special interest in alternative medicine, working for the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (formerly the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital) for 30 years.

‘Above all else, Dr Haider was a selfless man who loved his patients, and this is a tragic loss to our GP community.

‘I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Dr Haider’s family, friends and work colleagues. We are ensuring they are supported through this difficult time and I would like to thank GPs and practice staff from across our area for the support and compassion they are also providing.

‘Dr Haider’s family would like to share their thanks with the staff who cared for him at Queen’s Hospital in Romford, and his colleagues at his practice who are continuing his good work at this most difficult time.’

Dr Haider’s son, named by the Express and Star as Dr Kumail: ‘My father was a selfless man driven by his passion for his profession.

‘Even whilst in hospital breathing his last, he was urging doctors and nurses to pay attention to other patients rather than him.

‘Many at his age would have retired, yet his dedication to his profession was immeasurable.’

Amanda Candy, speaking on Twitter: ‘You died a hero.’

Dr Habib Zaidi

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Dr Habib Zaidi

Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, was a partner at Eastwood Group Practice in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. He died at Southend Hospital on Wednesday 25 March. He is survived by his wife and daughter, fellow doctors who worked with him at the practice.

Dr Jose Garcia-Lobera, GP chair of NHS Southend CCG: ‘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: ‘We are saddened by the death of GP from Essex and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.’

Pulse commenter: ‘I knew Dr Zaidi personally and am deeply saddened by his untimely death.’

Pulse commenter:‘Deeply sorry to learn about Dr Zaidi’s untimely death. RIP.’

Dr Zaidi’s widow  thanks everyone for their very kind messages of love and support.

Dr Fayez Ayache

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Dr Fayez Ayache

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Dr Fayez Ayache, 76, was a GP at North Clacton Medical Group and medical lead at an Ipswich Hospital ENT clinic. He spent more than 40 years in the NHS in Suffolk, including as a senior partner, and retired in 2018, but returned to work, feeling a ‘duty to help people’. He died at Ipswich Hospital on Wednesday 8 April. He is survived by his wife, children and granddaughter.

Dr Lucy Henshall, fellow GP in Suffolk: ‘Fayez Ayache was simply the kindest, most hard-working GP you could ever hope to know.

‘A gentle and wonderful man, a wise and trusted local colleague. Did so much to help his fellow Syrian citizens too. Gave his everything – literally. RIP Fayez, you will be much missed.’

His daughter Layla: ‘Dad was the epitome of kindness, he was diligent, generous, honourable, a very peaceful man and he was very dedicated.

‘His main passion in life was his family, especially his grandaughter Paisley, and of course his work – they are what he truly lived for.

‘He was the most dedicated GP that I’ve ever met.’

His family: ‘We are so grateful for the kind messages of support and everyone’s thoughts and prayers, however the most important thing people can do for us and for dad is to stay at home, stay safe and be kind to one another.

‘We feel this is what dad would have wanted.’

Pete Keeble, practice manager at Constable Country Medical Practice, where Dr Ayache had his first GP role: ‘After retiring in 2017 Dr Ayache continued to work in general practice and also as an ENT specialist at Ipswich Hospital. He also played a leading role working with charities to help refugees fleeing from the conflict in his native Syria.

‘He will be profoundly missed by staff, patients, friends and colleagues whose lives he touched though a long and very distinguished career. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.’

Dr Ed Garratt, executive lead for the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System: ‘Dr Ayache was a much loved and very highly regarded GP who had made a massive contribution to the NHS since he arrived in the UK from Syria nearly half a century ago.

‘Any death connected to this horrendous virus is a tragedy, but even more so when it takes someone who has devoted their life and career to helping others overcome health difficulties.

‘Our thoughts and condolences are with Dr Ayache’s family, friends, colleagues and patients, both past and present, at this very sad time.’

Dr Yusuf Patel

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Dr Yusuf Patel

Dr Yusuf Patel, 61, was a partner and founder of Woodgrange NHS Medical Practice in Forest Gate, Newham. He died at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, on Monday 20 April. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and son.

His practice Woodgrange Medical Practice: ‘It is with a very heavy heart that we have to inform you of the sad loss of Dr Yusuf Ismail Patel, GP principal and founder of Woodgrange NHS Medical Practice.

‘After a valiant struggle with Covid, Dr Patel finally succumbed to his illness on Monday 20 April.

‘This is a tragic loss to all his family, friends, colleagues and patients. The pain is immeasurable. He has touched and enriched many lives and we miss him dearly.

‘We understand that many of you will want to send condolences and best wishes. We will be grateful if you could email your message to r.miah@nhs.net, subject heading Dr Yusuf Patel.

‘Your message will be well received at the practice. We thank-you all for your support.’

Dr Martin Edobor, fellow GP:‘Dr Yusuf Patel was a mentor, colleague and friend. He devoted his life to his community and medicine. This is a tragic loss to all his family, friends, colleagues and patients.’

Beckie Spencer, writing on Twitter:‘So so sad to read this. A life dedicated to the care of others. My condolences to his family. He won’t be forgotten.’

Dr Shafi Ahmed, a surgeon also in Newham:‘So desperately heartbreaking to lose another close colleague yesterday. Dr Yusuf Patel was a wonderful human being and excellent GP. He had dedicated his life to look after the patients in the East End.’

Rahan Miah, deputy practice manager at Dr Patel’s practice Woodgrange Medical Practice: ‘Dr Patel was as a leader, friend, colleague and he will be missed.’

Dr Muhammad Waqqas Naqvi, chair of NHS Newham CCG and Dr Patel’s practice colleague: ‘Yusuf was a very special GP, person and leader.

‘He was a great colleague, a committed leader and well respected in the wider community. He ran a CQC outstanding GP practice (one of only ten outstanding practices in London) in one of the most challenged and deprived of boroughs.

‘An experienced GP of over 30 years, Yusuf recognised how this illness would affect our community and came back from leave to fight this.

‘We are in immeasurable pain because of his passing. His last words to us were to carry on the fight against this illness together. We miss him. Words can’t describe our loss. We won’t let Yusuf down and will continue his legacy. We won’t give up, Yusuf wouldn’t have.’

Dr Osman Bhatti, a fellow GP in East London: ‘He was an experienced GP who was involved not only with his local practice and his patients, but also for the local community around Newham.

‘Specifically, he was also a support of knowledge and judgement for many colleagues around him, and his loss will leave a big void in the practice and local community.’

Mr Mouhssin Imail, principal of Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre‘Our thoughts/prayers go out to the family/friends/colleagues of Dr Yusuf Patel who sadly passed away today. Dr Patel was a pillar of our community/keen supporter of the NCS from its inception, providing work placements for many students at Woodgrange Medical Practice, Forest Gate.

‘He believed strongly in social justice and the importance of educating our young people. A lovely man, who was humble, hard working and cared for others, he will be missed by many people.’

Dr Stuart Sutton, fellow GP:‘Devastated to read about Dr Yusuf Patel’s death from Covid-19. A fantastic GP and former colleague NHS Newham CCG – thinking of his family at this incredibly difficult time and everyone at Woodgrange Medical Practice.

‘An absolute tragedy. Rest in peace Yusuf.’

Dr Farzana Hussain, fellow GP in Newham:‘Rest in peace dear Yusuf. My prayers are with you.’

Christina, posting on Twitter: ‘So sad to lose a wonderful colleague and friend.

‘Thank you for all your help and support over the years. You were the heart and soul of the place and will be missed greatly.’

Dr Sanjay J Parmar, partner and Dr Patel’s practice colleague: ‘I have worked with Yusuf for 24 years as my partner, close friend and elder brother. He was passionate about his work and the practice.

‘A man with a big, generous heart, warm smile, humble and who lived a simple life. He treated all the staff as his extended family and was concerned for everyone’s welfare. He taught me so much along the way. A journey together so abruptly halted. He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.’

Shoaib, posting on Twitter:‘Dr Yusuf Patel gave me the opportunity to work in the NHS, he was a great Dr, colleague and friend.

‘He was so passionate about helping patients in the community and strived for safe and excellent healthcare. He will be sorely missed.’

Ambereen Sarwar, administrative assistant and Dr Patel’s practice colleague: ‘Dr Patel was a great colleague, mentor and had the utmost dedication to his work. He always supported and encouraged his staff to get the best out of themselves.

‘He was inspirational and led by example. He cared deeply about the welfare of his patients and continuously strived to provide them with the best possible healthcare service he could.

‘His memory and legacy will live on through the staff at Woodgrange Medical Practice.’

Dr Krishan Arora

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Dr Krishan Arora

Dr Krishan Arora, 57, was a a senior partner at Violet Lane Medical Practice in Croydon, and clinical director of GPNet5 primary care network. He died on Wednesday 15 April. He is survived by his wife and children.

His practice Violet Lane Medical Practice: ‘Dear patients, it is with great sadness that the practice has to inform you Dr Krishan Arora died on 15 April.

‘Dr Arora had been at Violet Lane Medical Practice since 1993, he will be sadly missed by his colleagues and his patients.

‘Our condolences go out to his wife and family at this sad time. Please bear with the practice at this sad time.’

Dr Agnelo Fernandes, GP lead for the borough of Croydon: ‘We are all greatly saddened by the death of Dr Krishan Arora.

‘Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Krish’s family, friends and close colleagues at this difficult time.’

‘Krish was a highly valued member of our Croydon GP community. As a driver for innovation, Krish greatly contributed to the development of general practice in Croydon throughout his career.

‘Krish was extremely well liked by his patients and peers and worked tirelessly to care for his patients and improve services for everyone in Croydon. We will miss him.

‘I know you will all join me in sending our thoughts and deepest sympathies to Krish’s family, friends and close colleagues at this difficult time. Messages of condolences can be sent to the practice at Violet Lane Medical Practice, 231 Violet Lane, Croydon, CR0 4HN.’

His former patient Gemma Gellman: 

Dr Kailash Chand, posting on Twitter:‘RIP Krishan Arora, hats off.’

Family friend:‘Only 6 weeks ago we were laughing and joking with him and his wife over dinner and today we are mourning his death.

‘The outpouring of love and memories of our beloved Doctor Krishan Arora passing has been incredible, illustrating the love, joy and kindness he brought to both his patients lives as well as his friends and family. His loss has left a huge hole in the local community and he will always be missed but never forgotten.

‘We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read this and to those who have been kind enough to contribute.

‘Please stay safe, stay home and save lives.’

Dr Craig Wakeham

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Dr Craig Wakeham

Dr Craig Wakeham, 59, was chief clinical Information officer at NHS Dorset CCG and a GP of 30 years at Cerne Abbas Surgery. He died at Dorset County Hospital on Saturday 18 April. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Dr Jeremy Dobbs and Dr Jenny Bubb, colleagues at Cerne Abbas Surgery: ‘We are very saddened to inform our patients that Dr Wakeham died at the weekend. He had been fighting the coronavirus in Dorset County Hospital for many days.

‘His industry and innovation led our practice for 30 years. He was also a leading light in both the CCG and LMC, as well as a devoted husband and father to his two boys.

‘His legacy lives on in our patients who he cared for diligently, and in the good name he built for our surgery.’

Dr Forbes Watson, chair of NHS Dorset CCG: ‘We are all deeply saddened to have lost a valued and committed colleague and friend.

‘Craig was a champion for rural general practice and a pioneer for integrated nursing teams, having lived and worked as a much-loved GP in Cerne Abbas for many years.

‘Craig was passionate about working with local people to improve services for them and was well known for his frequent challenges to us all on their behalf.

‘He was highly respected and liked by everyone that knew him.  He has held a number of key clinical leadership roles across Dorset over many years, most recently supporting the CCG since it formed in 2013.

‘He has also been instrumental in the advance of digital clinical information across Dorset which has been extremely useful at the present time.

‘On behalf of the CCG and his many general practice colleagues, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Craig’s family.  Our thoughts are with them, his friends and colleagues at this extremely difficult time.’

Patricia Miller, chief executive of Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust:

Dr Karen Kingham, fellow GP in Dorset and member of Dorset CCG:‘We are mourning the loss of an exceptional Dorset colleague Dr Craig Wakeham who has died of Covid-19 – he was a wonderful family doctor of 30 years, passionate about integrated health and improving health of our population through PHM and CCIO in Dorset – a huge loss R.I.P.’

Dr Pathar Kar, diabetes specialist:‘The NHS Diabetes Programme team would like to express their sincere condolences to the family of Dr Wakeham.

‘We have been indebted to him for his work in improving diabetes care in Dorset CCG and mourn his untimely demise – which will be a huge loss to all concerned.’

Dr Kamlesh Kumar Masson

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Dr Kamlesh Kumar Masson

Dr Kamlesh Kumar Masson, 78, was a GP at Milton Road Surgery, which he founded, Muree Medical Practice, and as a locum at other Essex practices. He died at University College Hospital London on Thursday 16 April. He is survived by his family.

Dr Adegboyega Tayo, chair of NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG and fellow GP in Essex: ‘In the latter part of his career, Dr Masson has been a valued member of the team at the Murree Medical Practice and has been able to support patients in Basildon with his wisdom built over such a long and valued career of service in the NHS.

‘He was much respected and a well liked member of the primary care community. He will be missed by all those who knew him.’

Dr Anil Kallil, chair of NHS Thurrock CCG and fellow GP in Essex: ‘We were very sad to hear of the passing of Dr Masson, he was a well respected and liked GP in Thurrock, with a significant contribution over the last 30 years in the borough caring for patients and providing support.

‘Later he provided GP services in both Thurrock and Basildon. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr Masson for his commitment and passion and our condolences to his family for their loss.’

His family: ‘Dr Kamlesh Masson came to the UK in 1973 after completing his medical training in India and working as a doctor in East Africa.

‘Although he worked across the UK in Ashby De La Zouch, Kings Lynn and other parts of the UK, the family settled in the locality of South Essex in 1975 where he established his career in general practice.

‘Kamlesh founded Milton Road Surgery, Grays in 1985 and worked there continuously until 2017. He then went on to do locum work across Thurrock and Basildon until his last working day of 12 March 2020.

‘He was an excellent clinician whose drive to constantly improve his clinical skills and knowledge with passion and enthusiasm will remain with us all as a reminder to always try to be the best. He was recognised in the locality by patients, colleagues and peers as a dedicated, determined, positive individual who would always do his utmost to help in all endeavours.

‘His thirst for knowledge was only seconded by his passion for his hobbies including cooking, clay-pigeon shooting and learning new languages.

‘Dr Masson was an honest, kind and generous man who was deeply respected by anyone who was privileged to cross paths with him. He was jovial, funny and kind, always wanting to make the best of any situation.

‘Dr Masson’s career came to unexpected end last month, when he unfortunately contracted Covid-19. This caused bilateral pneumonia requiring admission to Basildon Hospital on March 22nd and then University College London Hospital on March 31st 2020 (his 78th birthday).

‘Dr Masson fought bravely, but tragically lost his battle with Covid-19 on 16 April 2020.

‘Our lifelong thanks will go to the doctors and staff at University College London Hospital who fought tirelessly to save a hero’s life.

‘Dr Masson was taken from us too soon and still had so much to give. He had practised medicine for over five decades and was a dedicated servant to the NHS for 47 years. He would have wanted to practice medicine for many more years to come.

‘He was a true gentleman who will be missed, but not forgotten.’

Pulse commenter: ‘So sorry to hear this. Condolences to his family.

‘I trained with his son and met him on one social occasion that I still remember to this day due to his extreme generosity, hospitality and sense of fun. RIP.’

Those wishing to leave a message or send their condolences can also email thurrock.ccg@nhs.net. From there, they will be passed onto Dr Masson’s family.

Dr Saad Al-Dubbaisi

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Dr Saad Al-Dubbaisi

Dr Saad Al-Dubbaisi, 59, was the lead partner at Garden City Medical Centre, Bury. He died at Salford Royal Hospital on Sunday 3 May. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, who are also doctors.

Dr Jeff Schryer, chair of NHS Bury CCG and fellow GP in Bury: ‘It is with great sadness to hear the news that one of our GPs in Bury, Dr Saad Al-Dubbaisi, has sadly passed away after being very poorly for a number of weeks.

‘Dr Al-Dubbaisi, was a much loved, compassionate and experienced GP from Garden City Medical Centre. He lived and worked in Bury, and was a popular and caring member of our general practice community. Dr Al-Dubbaisi cared for generations of the same families from his practice in Holcombe Brook for many years, he will be sorely missed by his work family and patients.

“Our health and care staff are the people who put themselves on the front line every single day, and our thoughts and condolences are with his wife, children and the dedicated practice team at Garden City at this incredibly difficult time.’

Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE, fellow GP in Bury GP and Dr Al-Dubbaisi’s colleague at out-of-urgent care provider BARDOC: ‘Dr Al-Dubaissi was a kind, humble gentleman who made such a positive difference to healthcare wherever he served.

‘He was also an inspiration to others and, most importantly, he was my a great colleague and brilliant GP.

‘This is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices our NHS staff are making at present, risking and even giving their lives to try and care for others. We must continue to be compassionate, professional and patient-centred in all that we do. Because that is what Dr Al-Dubbaisi would expect from us – and it would also be the greatest tribute we could offer him.’

Dr Jamie Hynes, a GP in the West Midlands: ‘Dr Al-Dubbaisi was part of the practice that looked after my wife from a young age, and visited my father-in-law during the terminal phase of his illness eight years ago.

‘Following my mother-in-law’s deterioration in health, I attended to specifically see him, as he was the only GP who knew her as a wife rather than a widow, and he used that knowledge to see the change and guide her compassionately towards the management options she was least fearful of, even though the guidance would have directed him towards treatment x and investigation y, with the added complication of consulting with a colleague in the room.

‘He handled all of that with the time and compassion GPs take pride in, and we even chatted about our roles and experiences beyond the aims of the consultation. His loss will be keenly felt by our family. He was a fine example of the GP we’d all like to be.

‘Kind, considerate and wise application of guidance tailoring evidence towards individual need. Made a difference in end-of-life care, a cherished colleague and clinical friend.’

His practice, Garden City Medical Centre: ‘It is with great sadness to let our patients know that Dr Saad Al-Dubbaisi has sadly passed away after being very poorly for a number of weeks.

‘Dr Al-Dubbaisi was a much loved, compassionate and experienced GP. He lived and worked in Bury, and was a popular and caring member of our general practice community.  Dr Al-Dubbaisi cared for generations of the same families at our practice and he will be sorely missed by his work family and patients alike.

‘Our health and care staff are the people who put themselves on the front line every single day, and our thoughts and condolences are with his wife, children and loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.

‘Thank you for joining us in remembering and honouring our much-loved colleague and friend, Dr. Saad Al-Dubbaisi.

‘We know that Dr. Al-Dubbaisi will be sorely missed by his work family and his patients.’

Pulse commenter: ‘Thank you for your service. Thank you for your dedication. Thank you for your sacrifice. Rest in peace our brother.’

Pulse commenter: ‘RIP Dr Al-Dubbaisi. Condolences to your family for the loss of a dedicated GP.’

Dr Irfan Malik, a GP in Nottingham: ‘I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Dr Saad Al-Dubbaisi.

‘Unfortunately, so many of our colleagues have departed as a result of Covid-19. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.’

Amira Al-Abadi, writing on Facebook: ‘We have just received the terrible news of tragic loss of our dear friend; Dr Saad Aldubbaisi who was working as a GP in Bury.

‘Dr Saad was a great man with a very kind heart and beautiful soul. He will be greatly missed and forever remembered for his dedication to his family and his work. He was born 1959 and was graduated from university of Baghdad in 1983.

‘Rest in peace dear friend. Our hearts are with his wife Mrs Monah Zainy and his daughters: Dr Zainab and Dr Hala and family.’

Hundreds of people, including Dr Al-Dubbaisi’s patients, lined the streets in his honour:

Dr Simon de Vial, fellow GP:‘Like all, Saad will keenly missed – a true kind gentle man.’

A book of condolence is also available for patients to share their thoughts and memories in.  In light of social distancing, patients are kindly asked by Dr Al-Dubbaisi’s practice to email their words to be added to the book to buccg.gardencity@nhs.net.

Dr Karamat Ullah Mirza

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Dr Karamat Ullah Mirza

Dr Karamat Ullah Mirza, 84, was a senior partner at Old Road Medical Practice, Clacton-on-Sea. He died at Colchester Hospital on Sunday 10 May. He is survived by his wife Estelle, who also works at Old Road Medical Practice as a nurse; two sons and two daughters. 

Dr Ed Garratt, chief executive of the NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk, NHS West Suffolk and NHS North East Essex CCGs and executive lead for the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System:‘We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr Mirza, a respected and much-loved GP who had served the patients in his local community for more than four decades.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and practice colleagues, and all our efforts will be focused on supporting them at this difficult time.’

His wife Mrs Estelle Mirza, speaking to the Colchester Gazette:‘The whole town has been left in shock and is grieving, and I can’t believe it.

‘He was no ordinary man, he was an extraordinary, exceptional and astonishing man, who was absolutely fearless and daring and had enormous knowledge.

‘He worked endlessly for the NHS and non-stop for this country, and he was known and loved by everyone in Clacton and he loved all his staff and patients and this town.

‘My husband led an amazing life, and was very important within the community, and I want the people of Clacton to know what an amazing man he was.

‘He has cheated death loads of times and his life story is fit for a book – he has been kidnapped, been a prisoner of war and been attacked by a wild boar.

‘He was extremely healthy, fit and energetic, and he wasn’t frightened of coronavirus, but I don’t think he realised how bad it is.

‘He didn’t think it would happen to him, because he never had a negative thought and he never believed he couldn’t do something.’

Colchester Gazette commenter:‘An impeccable doctor, particularly with the elderly. RIP Dr Mirza.’

Colchester Gazette commenter:‘…Thank you for all you have done for the people of Clacton. Rest in peace.’

Pulse commenter:‘RIP. Timeless soul.’

Twitter commenter:‘So sad. RIP Dr Mirza.’

Dr Poornima Nair

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Dr Poornima Nair

Dr Poornima Nair, 56, was a GP at Station View Medical Centre, Bishop Auckland. She died on Tuesday 12 May at University Hospital of North Tees and is survived by family including her husband, son and mother.

Her practice: ‘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.

‘Dr Poornima Nair Balupuri, a loving wife, mother and daughter died at North Tees Hospital after contracting Covid-19. Poornima moved to the UK from India in 1994 and worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Bishop Auckland Hospital and later as a GP at Station View Medical Centre.

‘She had an unwavering passion and love for her family, friends and every professional endeavour she took in life and her ambition and vitality inspired all around her.

‘She devoted the last 26 years of her life working for the NHS. She lived life to the fullest and spread joy and positivity to everyone that came in contact with her.

‘Her limitless love for her family, friends and patients can never be replaced and our memories of her life and her sacrifices will continue to inspire us.

‘The surgery will be closed on the morning of Thursday 21 May 2020 as a mark of respect for Dr Nair’s funeral.

‘Can you help Varun, Dr Nair’s son, raise £2000 to ITU, University Hospital Of North Tees? Please donate to their JustGiving Crowdfunding Page. Thanks for your support.’

Dr Ellie Cannon, fellow GP‘Devastating to read this. Like every corona death – a tragedy. As a female GP myself, this touches me just that bit more.’

Dr Raj Patel, deputy national medical director of primary care at NHS England: ‘I am deeply saddened by the loss of yet another colleague.’

Dr Jaweeda Idoo, fellow GP in the North West:‘So sad and heartbreaking to lose another member of our NHS family. RIP and sincerest condolences to Dr Nair’s family.’

Shrabani Basu:‘Deeply saddened to hear this news. Poornima was from my old school in Delhi, and always travelled to London for our Alumni get-togethers. She was full of fun. Our heartfelt condolences to her family from the FAPS UK alumni. RIP Poornima. We will miss you.’

Dr Preeti Shukla, fellow GP:‘Another devastating news … Dr Poornima Nair, GP at Station View Medical Centre in Bishop Auckland, has died of coronavirus. A well respected colleague full of life.. She leaves behind a son and husband, RIP. Heartbroken, another life lost.’

Dr Nikki Kanani, national medical director of primary care at NHS England:‘I’m so sorry to hear this. RIP.’

Professor Anjan Dhar, fellow doctor in County Durham:‘I am deeply saddened by this devastating news. My deepest condolences to her family to bear this loss. She was a personal colleague since I started my consultant career in County Durham with my office right opposite her surgery. RIP.’

Bishop Auckland MP Dehenna Davison:‘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.’

Commenter on Facebook tribute of Dehenna Davison MP:‘Rest in Peace Dr Nair. Absolutely outstanding doctor. Saved my Mum’s life 10 years ago without doubt, after undiagnosed life-threatening illness.

‘Our whole family will always be grateful to you for ensuring my Mam saw the rest of her life. I’m so sad yours has been cut short. Sending all our love to your family and work colleagues who will no doubt be missing you already.’

Commenter on Facebook tribute of Dehenna Davison MP:‘Heartbreaking news. Always be extremely grateful for looking after both me and my children over the years, always caring.

‘Sincere condolences to her family, may your soul rest in peace.’

BW Medical:‘Absolutely tragic. Our team are very sad to hear about Dr Nair passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and colleagues.

‘An outstanding doctor and a beautiful lady who will be missed by the entire community. Rest in peace x’

Dr Kailash Chand OBE, retired fellow GP:‘So sad and tragic. Poornima was such a lovely person and a caring GP! RIP.’

Varun, writing on a fundraising page in memory of Dr Nair:‘Poornima Nair devoted her working life to the care of her patients.

‘As evidenced by the hundreds of tributes from her patients and friends, she was a caring and compassionate doctor.’

Dr Irfan Malik, fellow GP in Nottinghamshire:

Dr Mohinder Singh Dhatt

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Dr Mohinder Singh Dhatt

Dr Mohinder Singh Dhatt, 80, was a sessional GP at Kumar Medical Centre in Slough. He died on Tuesday 28 April at Wexham Park Hospital. He is survived by his three children and seven grandchildren.

His eldest daughter Dr Mini Dhatt, a fellow GP in Ealing: ‘On behalf of the whole family, I pay tribute to my father, who worked for 54 years in the NHS.

‘He was passionate about medicine and kept himself very up-to-date with the latest guidelines and CPD. He was popular with his patients, and always told me how he never felt stressed by his work.

‘His calm and empathetic nature stood him in good stead for a long-standing career in general practice. He intended to carry on, having recently been revalidated for a further five years. He leaves a huge void in our lives as well as many other family, friends, community groups and colleagues. RIP.’

Dr Jim O’Donnell, locality lead for Slough at NHS East Berkshire CCG: ‘We regret to inform you all of the very sad news of the passing of one of our longest-standing GPs in Slough, Dr Mohinder Singh Dhatt, having tested positive for Covid-19.

‘He was most recently working at Kumar Medical Centre, having before that served for many years as a partner at Langley Health Centre.

‘He was very well-known, tremendously popular, and his death is a great loss to his family, close colleagues and to us all. His genial and thoughtful manner were trademarks, as was his encyclopaedic knowledge of medicine in general practice.

‘He was a keen supporter of professional training and development in Slough and had a special interest in haematology. He will be very much missed and we extend our sympathy and condolences to his family and friends.’

Slough MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi: This is indeed very sad news; too many lives lost in the last few days. Dr Mohinder Singh Dhatt was a highly respected person within the Slough community and did a lot for the local community. My sincere condolences to his family. May he RIP.’

Pulse commenter:‘Reading about him, he sounds like a wonderful man. Condolences to his relatives, RIP.’

Sarabjit Singh Banur:

Dr Abdorreza Sedghi

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Dr Abdorreza Sedghi

Dr Abdorreza Sedghi was a GP trainee at Lister Hospital, Stevenage. He died on Wednesday 27 May at Royal Papworth Hospital. He is survived by his family.

Nick Carver, chief executive of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust: ‘It is with deep sadness that I confirm the news that one of our colleagues, Dr Abdorreza Sedghi, has passed away.

‘Abdy, as he was known, contracted coronavirus (Covid-19) in April and sadly passed away at the Royal Papworth Hospital last night – 27 May.

‘Abdy was an Iranian GP who came to the UK to pursue a career in general practice. Abdy joined the Central Herts GP Training Scheme in August 2019 and was based at Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

‘Abdy made a big impact with his charisma and personality. He was devoted to his patients, taking time to understand their problems and worries.

‘As one team, we offer our very sincere condolences to his family and friends and mourn the loss of a greatly valued colleague.

‘We are providing support to our colleagues at this difficult time.’

Dr Arvind Kumar:‘RIP Dr Sedghi – a sad loss indeed.’

Pulse commenter: ‘Another very tragic loss at the very start if his career. RIP.’

Pulse commenter: ‘RIP and condolences to the family and friends of all valued colleagues who have succumbed to this virus. Truly saddening.’

Pulse commenter: ‘My sincere condolences to his family and may Dr Sedghi’s soul rest in peace.’

Dr Anil Jain:‘I am so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP.’

Dr Muhammad Naqvi:‘Devastating news. Condolences to family and friends’.

Dr David Wood

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Dr David Wood

Dr David Wood MBE, 74, was a GP in North Wales, most recently at West Shore Surgery in Llandudno. He died on Monday 13 July at Glan Clwyd Hospital. He is survived by his wife Pat, sons Matt and Rob, stepchildren Kerrie and Paddy, six granddaughters, sister and nieces.

His wife Pat, speaking to local newspaper The Daily Post:‘He really was an incredible man. He kept on going despite fighting cancer as he always said he wanted to give back to medicine, what medicine gave him. He loved his job, and never wanted to give up. He was from the old school, the locals would sometimes knock on our door out of hours but David never turned them away.

‘He especially loved his patients from the Maesgerchin Estate in Bangor, when he worked in the city as he found so friendly and down to earth. He always said he wanted to leave this house in a box, and so the hearse came to the house on the day of his funeral and despite the pouring rain people in the village came out to line the streets and clapped when he went by. That still gives me a shiver down my spine, it was so wonderful.

‘What the cruelest thing about Covid was – even though David spent so many years by the bedsides of the dying during his career, I wasn’t able to go and be with him. I wasn’t even allowed to say goodbye to him at the funeral parlour, and that just breaks my heart but so many people have been through this during this terrible time. But what no one can take from me is all the incredible memories we made together, we had such fun.’

Dr Chris Stockport, executive director of primary and community care at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board:‘We’re very sad to hear of Dr Wood’s death, and offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

‘Dr Wood was an outstanding servant to his patients and the health service throughout his time in general practice, and made a significant contribution to medical education in North Wales over many years. He will be greatly missed by the NHS community in North Wales.’

Dr Sara Bodey, chair of North Wales LMC:‘Dr Dave Wood was one of the kindest and most genuine men I have known. He contributed hugely to general practice in North Wales, both in his clinical work, but particularly in his work as a medical educator – he set up education sessions for GPs in the central region of North Wales, and was responsible for building links that led to medical students from Liverpool doing placements within the region.

‘He was of course also there at the beginning of formal GP training. He was a partner up until 2006 but was still working as a locum in his Conwy practice until lockdown. He remained a serving member of the North Wales LMC executive at the time of his death. In the words of another LMC member – ‘a wonderful GP, fantastic appraiser, and such a lovely man’.

Dr Eamonn Jessup, fellow GP in North Wales:‘Dave Wood, affectionately known as Woody, was a personal friend. Simply a wonderful man. He was outstanding as a GP. He came out and worked with me in Cyprus from time to time. So I saw at first hand just how good he was as a GP.

‘He had this wonderful combination of fun, mischief and a love for the job that he passed on during any time one spent with him, be that during appraisal, tuition or day to day practice. He was simply the GP we all aspired to be. Very sadly missed.’

Dr Becci Smith, a fellow GP in the area, paying tribute on Dr Wood’s obituary notice:‘Will miss our random conversations during appraisals. You were a true gentleman and taught many of us so much. Thinking of your family at this difficult time and sending my love to them.’

Dr Mike Bloom, a fellow GP in the area who worked with Dr Wood for the past two and a half years, speaking to local newspaper The Daily Post: ‘I had heard of Dr Wood before we met, he had a great reputation as a GP. His patients really loved him, and he had so much empathy and understanding for them.

‘He was such an experienced doctor, who kept up to date with everything and was very supportive. He’s a huge loss.’

Anne Roberts, a former patient, paying tribute on Dr Wood’s obituary notice:‘How sad… I remember Dr Wood very well from his days as a GP in Bangor… He was such a nice doctor and always so professional.. A real gentleman. As one of his ‘old’ patients I am very sad to hear the news of his passing. A big loss to his family, patients, friends & the wider community… RIP.’

Gill Rowlands, paying tribute on Dr Wood’s obituary notice:‘You will be greatly missed by everyone. RIP Woody with my deepest sympathy.’

Dr Bridget Osbourne, a fellow GP in North Wales who knew Dr Wood well, speaking on behalf of RCGP Wales: ‘Tribute to David George Edwin Wood MBE FRCGP – GP in Conwy (born 1946, qualified Bristol University 1969, died 13 July 2020 from Covid and complications of a stroke).

‘After qualification, David Wood (Woody) moved to Bangor, North Wales, where he rapidly became a GP trainer and course organiser, before moving to Llys Meddyg in Conwy, which allowed him to pursue his interest in medical education. As Associate Dean for Cardiff University, he championed the All Wales non-Principals scheme, ran a course for local GPs and was the moving force behind a project to bring Liverpool medical students into North Wales. He was closely involved with the RCGP, serving on both Welsh and UK Councils, and Chair of the North Wales Faculty.

‘He was a stalwart supporter of the Eglwysbach Show, spending hours in the medical tent, and instigated a village cricket match which raised thousands of pounds for charity. His MBE in 2012 was for services to education and training in general practice and to the community.

‘David thrived on work as a “foot soldier” in medical practice. Rather than specialise, he brought his skills in ophthalmology into the practice. He had great insight into the human condition. He gave sound, non-judgmental advice and was a thoughtful diagnostician. He was generous with advice, approachable and supportive to all the staff, medical or otherwise. He was a wise and funny mentor and, as an appraiser, was always ready to help colleagues in difficulty.

‘Despite a diagnosis of inoperable carcinoma of the oesophagus in December 2018, he continued to work through palliative chemotherapy until forced to self-isolate in March. He leaves his wife, Pat, two sons, a step son and daughter, six grandchildren, his sister and her family.’

We are continually updating this page. If you would like to offer a tribute to a GP who died with Covid-19, please email Ellie at eleanorphilpotts@cogora.com