Coronavirus: Remembering 100 NHS and healthcare workers who have died

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Photos of some of the NHS workers who have died from Coronavirus - 28 April

Tens of thousands of people across the UK have now died with coronavirus, including more than 100 NHS staff and other healthcare workers.

The BBC has been tracking their deaths during the pandemic.

Among them are a pregnant nurse who died before she could meet her daughter; a father-of-seven whose family say he was let down over a lack of personal protective equipment; and a grandmother who colleagues say was one the unsung heroes of the NHS.

Many of them came to the UK from other countries to work for the NHS. Most were working on the frontline and caring for patients, while some were retired but continued to work.

Here are 100 of their stories.

NHS coronavirus deaths

100 deaths in total
  • Adil El Tayar

    25 March Surgeon London

    Renowned surgeon Dr El Tayar worked in the NHS for 11 years before moving back to his native Sudan to help establish a transplant programme.

    He returned to the UK in 2015, working as a locum surgeon before his death.

    He gave the "precious gift of life to so many people around the world", fellow surgeon Abbas Ghazanfar wrote in a tribute.

  • Habib Zaidi

    25 March GP, 76 Southend

    Dr Zaidi was a managing partner of a GP practice with his wife Dr Talat Zaidi. Their four children all work in the medical profession.

    His daughter, Dr Sarah Zaidi, said his death was "reflective of his sacrifice" and he had a "vocational attitude to service".

  • Emily Perugia

    26 March Care co-ordinator, 29 Hillingdon

    A care co-ordinator in Hillingdon, north-west London, Ms Perugia was a "lovely woman, who never said no to any requests", colleagues said.

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

  • Pooja Sharma

    26 March Pharmacist Eastbourne

    Ms Sharma, who worked as a pharmacist at Eastbourne District General Hospital, was the "superstar of the family", her brother said.

    "Her irresistible laugh, sense of humour and good nature would light up our world and fill it with colours. For this I am eternally grateful that Pooja was my sister.

    "For me, Pooja would always be the little protector or shield for when I had done something mischievous."

  • Amged El Hawrani

    28 March Consultant Leicester

    An ear, nose and throat consultant at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, Mr El-Hawrani's family said he was "a loving and much-loved husband, son, father, brother, and friend".

    "His greatest passions were his family and his profession, and he dedicated his life to both," they said.

    Mr El-Hawrani died at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester on 28 March.

  • Thomas Harvey

    29 March Healthcare assistant, 57 London

    Father-of-seven Thomas Harvey, 57, was a healthcare assistant at Goodmayes Hospital in Ilford, east London.

    His family criticised the NHS for the lack of personal protective equipment provided to staff, saying he "just had gloves and a flimsy apron".

    He died at home on 29 March, after feeling unwell for several days.

  • Alfa Saadu

    31 March Medical director, 68 Welwyn Garden City

    "Living legend" Dr Alfa Saadu, who had returned to work after retirement, died in hospital on 31 March.

    His family said he had been working part-time at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, before contracting the virus.

    His son said the family told him to go to hospital, but his father insisted he "did not want to take up a hospital bed because others would need it".

  • Laura Tanner

    1 April Locality administrator, 51 Basildon

    The mother-of-two had worked as an administrator for Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group in an NHS career of more than 10 years.

    "She was fantastic," her husband said. "She was very loving, caring.

    "I'm having stories coming through where she would just randomly meet people at the bus stop, friends that she'd made, just got talking to people, they've laid flowers on the doorstep."

  • Aimee O'Rourke

    2 April Nurse, 39 Margate

    Ms O'Rourke was "such a kind and caring nurse" who had "a really special relationship with her patients and colleagues", her ward manager said.

    "Nursing was something she had always wanted to do, although she came to it relatively late after raising her girls."

    The 39-year-old died at the hospital where she worked - the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, in Margate, Kent.

  • Areema Nasreen

    2 April Nurse, 36 Walsall

    Ms Nasreen worked as a hospital cleaner before gaining her nursing qualification in 2019.

    She died on 2 April at Walsall Manor Hospital, in the West Midlands - the hospital she had worked at for 16 years.

    "We've lost an amazing nurse, but we've lost also an amazing person in life," her sister Kazeema Nasreen said.

  • Lynsay Coventry

    2 April Midwife, 54 Harlow

    The grandmother "followed her dream" and trained as a midwife in later life, her family said in a statement.

    "She was a very well-respected midwife who supported many hundreds of women as they welcomed their babies into the world," they added.

    Ms Coventry had worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, in Harlow, Essex, for 10 years. She died on 2 April.

  • Sami Shousha

    2 April Histopathologist, 79 London

    Prof Shousha was an honorary professor of histopathology at Imperial College, London.

    He had worked at UK cancer research laboratories at London's Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals since 1978. He died on 2 April.

  • John Alagos

    3 April Nursing assistant Watford

    Mr Alagos was a nursing assistant who was looking after coronavirus patients.

    Tracey Carter, chief nurse at the hospital, said: "John was very popular and will be missed greatly by his colleagues."

  • Liz Glanister

    3 April Nurse, 68 Liverpool

    Ms Glanister was a "long-serving" nurse at the Aintree University Hospital, in Liverpool.

    "We are so proud to see just how many people's lives Liz has touched," her family said in a statement.

    Ms Glanister died on 3 April at Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

  • Amanda Forde

    3 April Receptionist London

    In a statement on its website, Vale Practice in Crouch End, north London, paid tribute to a "beautiful, caring receptionist".

    It said: "It is with great sadness that we are announcing the death of our beautiful, caring receptionist, Amanda Forde. She sadly lost her battle with Covid-19 on Friday 3rd April 2020. May she rest in peace."

  • Anton Sebastianpillai

    4 April Consultant, 75 London

    A published historian, Dr Sebastianpillai trained at a medical school in Sri Lanka and went on to specialise in treating elderly people at Kingston Hospital in south-west London.

    He was "hugely respected as a consultant and author", Ed Davey, acting Lib Dem leader, said.

    Dr Sebastianpillai, who was in his 70s, died on 4 April.

  • Glen Corbin

    4 April Healthcare assistant, 59 London

    A healthcare assistant, Mr Corbin worked at the Park Royal Centre for Mental Health, in north-west London, for more than 25 years.

    "He was the 'go to' person who knew everything about the ward and how to get things done," said Claire Murdoch, head of the local NHS trust, adding he was the "backbone" of his team.

    Mr Corbin died on 4 April.

  • Rebecca Mack

    5 April Nurse, 29 Newcastle

    The nurse had worked in the children's cancer unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary before taking up other roles in the health sector.

    "She was a devoted friend, an incredible nurse and an unapologetically imperfect person," one of her friends said in a Facebook post.

    Ms Mack was not believed to have been directly dealing with patients before becoming ill.

  • Barbara Moore

    6 April Discharge planner, 54 Liverpool

    The grandmother, who worked at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, was an "unsung hero", her local NHS trust said.

    Her job was to make arrangements to allow patients to safely leave hospital, having spent most of her career as a care worker for people with disabilities.

    "Barbara was a much-loved wife, mum, nan, sister, auntie, friend and beautiful person," her family said.

  • Janice Graham

    6 April Nurse, 58 Inverclyde

    Ms Graham was the first reported NHS worker in Scotland to die from coronavirus.

    "My Mum was there for me no matter what. I will miss everything about her," her son told STV News.

    A healthcare support worker and district nurse, Ms Graham died at Inverclyde Royal Hospital on 6 April.

  • Jitendra Rathod

    6 April Surgeon, 62 Cardiff

    Father-of-two Jitendra Rathod was a "dearly loved" specialist heart surgeon at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, where he spent 25 years.

    The health board's chief executive said he was a "great" surgeon who would be missed by his colleagues.

    Mr Rathod died in the intensive care ward at the hospital on 6 April.

  • Syed Zishan Haider

    6 April GP, 79 London

    Dr Haider was "a selfless and compassionate doctor for over 50 years," his daughter told the BBC.

    He was a senior partner at Valance Medical Centre, in Dagenham, east London.

    Dr Haider, who died on 6 April, also worked for more than 30 years as a senior homeopathic physician at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine.

  • Alice Kit Tak Ong

    7 April Midwife, 70 London

    Ms Ong "loved her job", her daughter Melissa told the PA news agency.

    She said her mother came to London from Hong Kong in the 1970s to join the NHS "because she believed it was the best in the world".

    Ms Ong began her career as a midwife and was working full-time at two surgeries and holding baby clinics before falling ill.

  • Donald Suelto

    7 April Nurse London

    Colleagues said the nurse, who was originally from the Philippines and worked at Hammersmith Hospital, in west London, "loved his NHS job".

    Before his death, he changed his Facebook profile picture to an image of him wearing a protective mask emblazoned with the words: "I can't stay at home, I'm a healthcare worker."

    He died after going into self-isolation with coronavirus symptoms, a friend and fellow nurse said.

  • Elsie Sazuze

    7 April Care home nurse Wolverhampton

    The care home nurse fell ill at home, in Birmingham, before being taken hospital, where she died on 7 April.

    Ken, her husband, said she rang him before she was put on a ventilator: "She started telling me, 'Ken, if I don't come back be strong, I love you, be strong for the kids'," he said.

    She worked at New Cross Hospital, in Wolverhampton.

  • Leilani Dayrit

    7 April Nurse, 47 Rugby

    Sister Leilani Dayrit died of suspected coronavirus after displaying symptoms at work, her daughter has said.

    Mary said her mother had been "selfless until the very end" and "put other people's wellbeing before her own".

    She had asthma, and had been self-isolating at home for seven days before she died on 7 April.

  • Abdul Mabud Chowdhury

    8 April Consultant urologist, 53 London

    Father-of-two Dr Chowdhury was a consultant urologist at Homerton University Hospital, in east London.

    Before he died he wrote an appeal to the government on Facebook, warning about a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS workers.

    Dr Chowdhury died on 8 April.

  • Edmond Adedeji

    8 April A&E Registrar, 62 Swindon

    Dr Edmond Adedeji worked as a locum registrar in the emergency department of Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire.

    "He died doing a job he loved, serving others before himself," his family said in a statement.

    The hospital's chief executive added he was a "respected and well-liked member of the team".

  • Fayez Ayache

    8 April GP, 76 Suffolk

    Dr Ayache stopped working a month before he died, but his family say they think he continued to visit patients in their homes in an effort to help.

    The retired GP, who worked for the NHS in Suffolk for more than 40 years, "would often pop round and just check [former patients] were OK", his daughter Layla Ayache said.

    "He was a rural village GP at heart," she added.

  • Brian Darlington

    9 April Hospital porter, 68 Crewe

    Mr Darlington was a grandfather and hospital porter for Mid Cheshire Hospitals known for handing out sweets to colleagues.

    Ava, his wife of 46 years, said he was "a great husband, as well as father and grandfather".

    "He always walked round the hospital with a smile on his face, passing out sweets to colleagues," facilities supervisor Richard Studinski added.

  • Joanna Klenczon

    9 April Supervisor, 34 Northampton

    Joanna Klenczon "touched the lives of so many people" during the 10 years she worked at Northampton Hospital, its chief executive said.

    Ms Klenczon, a domestic supervisor, was "well-liked and respected" by colleagues, and was praised as someone "who set high standards and was prepared to go the extra mile", Dr Sonia Swart said.

  • Amor Gatinao

    10 April Nurse, 50 London

    The nurse worked at St Charles Hospital, in West London, and died after falling ill on Mother's Day.

    Her husband, Mario, said their three children have been left devastated by the loss.

    He told Sky News: "Our youngest child is 14 years old and it is so hard. The pain is unbearable."

  • Amrik Bamotra

    10 April Radiology support, 63 London

    Known to his colleagues as "Bob", Mr Bamotra "touched so many people's hearts with his personality", his family said in a statement.

    The 63-year-old had worked as a radiology support worker at the King George Hospital in Ilford, east London, for four years.

    "There's not a time when we can say he wouldn't go that extra mile to do something for anyone to make sure they were happy," his family added.

  • Donna Campbell

    10 April Healthcare support Cardiff

    Mother-of-two Ms Campbell was a "treasured" member of staff who could "light up a room with her infectious laugh and bubbly personality", colleagues said.

    "She was often found singing and dancing, entertaining patients and staff, making everyone smile," they added.

    Ms Campbell was a healthcare support worker who worked at the Velindre Cancer Centre, in Cardiff.

  • Elbert Rico

    10 April Hospital porter Oxford

    Mr Rico worked as a porter at John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford, after moving to the UK from the Philippines, in 2004.

    Married to a nurse at the hospital, he was "popular and hard-working", colleagues said.

    "He would walk around the hospital with a smile on his face and very rarely would he call in sick from work," his daughter, Carla, said.

  • Julie Omar

    10 April Nurse, 52 Redditch

    Julie Omar had been working as a sister on Ward 14 at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, and had also previously worked with the trauma team at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

    She was a "much-loved member" of its nursing team, said the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

    She died at home on 10 April, and leaves a husband, Laith, and a grown-up daughter.

  • Sara Trollope

    10 April Matron, 51 Hillingdon

    The mother-of-four was a matron at Hillingdon Hospital, where she cared for older patients with mental health problems and dementia.

    On 11 April, the trust confirmed her death at Watford General Hospital.

    Her husband, Gary, said she was devoted to her family - to her daughters, Gemma and Freya, and twin sons, Kyle and Michael.

  • Ate Wilma Banaag

    Nurse Watford

    Ate Wilma Banaag came to the UK in January 2001 and had worked in Watford General Hospital, in the Croxley ward since then.

    She was a "much-valued" "hard-working" and "compassionate" staff nurse, a fundraiser set up in her memory, said.

  • Amarante Dias

    11 April Hospital worker, 55 Weston-super-Mare

    Mr Dias, who worked at the Weston General Hospital in north Somerset, was a "valued and much-loved colleague", colleagues said.

    The Weston Super Mare Association of Malayalees also paid tribute.

    In a post of Facebook, it said: "Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family."

  • Gareth Roberts

    11 April Nurse, 65 Merthyr Tydfil

    A grandfather, Gareth Roberts had worked as a nurse at sites across the Cardiff and Vale health board since the 1980s.

    He was "extremely popular, fun-filled and well-liked", the board said while staff said he was a "kind and helpful person".

    Mr Roberts died at the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

  • Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong

    12 April Nurse, 28 Luton

    Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, had worked for five years at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital. The pregnant nurse died on 12 April.

    Her baby daughter was delivered successfully and a hospital trust spokeswoman said she was doing "very well".

    Ms Agyapong was admitted to hospital on 7 April, having tested positive for Covid-19 two days previously.

  • Maureen Ellington

    12 April Healthcare assistant Bristol

    Grandmother Maureen Ellington, who was in her early 60s, worked at Southmead Hospital, in Bristol, as a healthcare assistant.

    Her family called her "kind-hearted, bubbly, caring and always joyous", adding: "She would light up any room she entered. She will always be in our hearts."

    Mrs Ellington died on 12 April. She had worked for the NHS for more than 25 years.

  • Melujean Ballesteros

    12 April Nurse London

    Originally from the Philippines, Mrs Ballesteros "loved her work as a nurse", her son, Rainier, said.

    Her two sons, Rainier and Bryan, both live in the Philippines, and Mrs Ballesteros lived in the UK with her husband Luis, 64.

    She was admitted to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, on 10 April but died two days later.

  • Rahima Bibi Sidhanee

    12 April Nurse, 68 London

    Rahima Bibi Sidhanee was a "wonderful human being" of "extreme kindness, selflessness and impeccable loyalty", colleagues said.

    Ms Sidhanee "loved nursing and the people she cared for" at Grennell Lodge Nursing Home, in Sutton, south London, where she had worked for more than 30 years.

    Described as a "caring mother", Ms Sidhanee was also a "very good cook" who made Caribbean and Indian food for residents.

  • Josiane Zauma Ebonja Ekoli

    13 April Nurse, 55 Harrogate

    The mother-of-five was admitted to Leeds General Infirmary, a hospital where she used to work, after falling ill.

    An agency nurse at Harrogate District Hospital with more than 30 years' experience, she died on 13 April.

    "It meant everything to be a nurse, she's being doing it for as long as I remember," her daughter Naomie said.

  • Peter Tun

    13 April Neurorehabilitation specialist, 62 Reading

    Father-of-two Dr Peter Tun was a "superhero dad", his sons said in a statement.

    Dr Tun worked as an associate specialist in neurorehabilitation at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading for more than 21 years.

    "To us, he was simply the best human we know and we will miss him every day," they added.

  • Steven Pearson

    13 April Mental health nurse, 51 Northumberland

    Father-of-two Steven Pearson had a "wicked sense of humour" and was a "kind and caring" mental health nurse, colleagues have said.

    He "gave his absolute life" for mental health nursing during his 30 years working for NHS trusts in Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear, his daughter added.

    He loved Bali, and had hoped to return there this year, his line manager Claire Witten said.

  • Linnette Cruz

    14 April Nurse, 51 Swansea

    The mum of one was a senior head nurse at the Brynteg dental practice in Sketty, Swansea.

    "She brought love, light and joy to everyone around her and will be sadly missed by all," Brynteg practice owner Nik Patel said.

  • Juliet Alder

    14 April Healthcare assistant, 58 London

    The mother of two had worked in the mental health field in the Shepherd's Bush area of west London since 2016.

    Carolyn Regan, trust chief executive of West London NHS Trust said Mrs Alder had dedicated much of her working life to the NHS.

    "Juliet was kind, caring and thoughtful. She was known for having a beaming smile, infectious laughter, and taking great pride in looking after others," she added.

  • Khalid Jamil

    14 April Doctor, 57 Watford

    Mr Jamil, 57, from St Albans, had worked for the West Hertfordshire NHS Trust since 2006.

    Father-of- two Mr Jamil's colleagues described him as "a kind, gentle man who was unassuming and respectful to all his colleagues and helpful to others.

    "He was very fondly thought of and will be greatly missed," the trust said.

  • Andrew Treble

    Date Theatre assistant, 57 Wrexham

    Andy Treble, a theatre assistant at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, was a "kind man" who "always had a smile on his face", said his sister Maria Molloy.

    The 57-year-old died at the hospital - where he had worked for almost 40 years - on 15 April.

    His 17-year-old daughter, Emily, said: "He always cheered me up by watching Laurel and Hardy together. He was so kind, so loving and he will be missed forever."

  • Krishan Arora

    15 April GP, 57 Croydon

    Dr Krishan Arora was "extremely well-liked and worked tirelessly to care for his patients", his colleague Dr Agnelo Fernandes said.

    The 57-year-old, who worked as a GP in Croydon, south London, died on 15 April.

  • Lourdes Campbell

    15 April Healthcare assistant, 54 Bolton

    Lourdes Campbell, originally from the Philippines, was a popular health care assistant who was "dedicated to patient care".

    The 54-year-old, who worked as part of the Bolton NHS Trust nursing team, died on 15 April.

    Chief executive Fiona Noden said Ms Campbell had always been "quiet, diligent and compassionate".

  • Simon Guest

    15 April Radiographer Barrow

    "Simon was special, a true gentleman and a great role model to all," his wife Nicky said in a tribute. The radiographer worked at Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria, until his death on 15 April.

    "Simon had a fantastic sense of humour. His work ethic and personality were like sunshine and light even in the darkest of times," his wife added.

  • Esther Akinsanya

    15 April Healthcare assistant London

    The grandmother and mother-of-two was described as a devoted and diligent healthcare assistant who had worked for the NHS for more than 20 years.

    Her son Samuel said she was based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich where she "caught the virus while in active service on the frontline".

    He described his mother as a "kind, gentle, loyal and caring woman who wanted nothing but happiness for not just me and my younger sister but also all the people around us".

  • Gordon Ballard

    15 April Logistics manager London

    Mr Ballard, a manager in Bow, east London, worked for the London Ambulance Service and had worked for 42 years.

    A spokesman said: “He will be greatly missed.”

  • Jane Murphy

    16 April Clinical support, 73 Edinburgh

    Known as "Mama Murphy" to her colleagues and friends, she had worked at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for almost 30 years.

    "She had the biggest heart, and was always there if I needed her," said her friend Elaine Sibba.

    The clinical support worker had been placed on sick leave when the coronavirus outbreak first emerged due to her age.

  • Barry England

    16 April Paramedic Hemel Hempstead

    Barry England was "extremely proud" to have worked for the ambulance service for over 33 years, his family said.

    Mr England, an operations manager for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) in Hemel Hempstead, was a "hugely valued friend and colleague", the trust said.

  • Kamlesh Kumar Masson

    16 April GP, 78 Grays

    Dr Masson's family paid tribute to him as an "honest, kind and generous man who was deeply respected".

    He founded Milton Road Surgery, in Grays, Essex, in 1985 and worked there until 2017, after which he did locum work across Thurrock and Basildon.

    He "would have wanted to practise medicine for many more years to come", his family said.

  • Linda Clarke

    17 April Midwife, 66 Wigan

    Midwife Linda Clarke was a "valued" colleague who brought "many new lives" into the borough of Wigan and will be "greatly missed", her local trust has said.

    Mrs Clarke was a delivery suite co-ordinator at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.

    Silas Nicholls, chief executive at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, said she died on 17 April.

  • Ruben Muñoz Jr

    17 April Nursing assistant, 49 Redhill

    Ruben Munoz, who died on 17 April, will be remembered as a "beloved husband and amazing father" who was "so proud" of his NHS family, his relatives have said.

    The father-of-two had been with the health service since 2010, and worked on the Woodland Ward at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill.

    He was a "highly respected and talented" nursing assistant and a "much-loved friend" to many at the hospital.

  • Vivek Sharma

    17 April Occupational therapist, 58 Medway

    The "kind and generous" father-of-two was remembered as a gentle soul who was "passionate" about being a voice for staff.

    The Medway Community Healthcare, based in Kent, said he was a "valued" member of staff and someone who was "always happy to help".

    The 58-year-old, who had reportedly been isolating from the end of March with underlying health conditions, died on 17 April.

  • Khulisani Nkala

    17 April Mental health nurse, 46 Leeds

    "Selfless" mental health nurse Khulisani Nkala "always put the patient first" and had a smile that "lit up" a room, colleagues have said.

    Known as "Khuli", he was "well-respected" by colleagues at Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust, its chief executive Dr Sara Munro said.

    An active member of the trust's Workforce Race Equality Network, he was a man of "integrity" and "honour" who believed in fairness and had an "astounding" ability to put people at ease, its chair said.

  • Jenny Esson

    17 April Training and development co-ordinator Cambridge

    Ms Esson worked for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and became unwell while working from home.

    Her family said in a statement: "Jenny was always at the very heart of our family.

    "She was charismatic, loving, passionate, outrageously funny and loved to laugh."

  • Michael Allieu

    18 April Nurse, 53 London

    Michael Allieu, a "vibrant" and "larger than life character" died on 18 April at Homerton hospital in Hackney, London, where he had worked as a staff nurse since 2007.

    An acute care nurse, Mr Allieu was "well-known and very well-liked" throughout the hospital, hospital chief executive Tracey Fletcher said.

  • Josephine Peter

    18 April Nurse, 55 London

    Mother-of-two Josephine Peter was "passionate, hardworking and always putting others before herself", her husband, Thabo has said.

    He described her as "my heroine" according to Trish Armstrong-Child, chief executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

    The "bubbly and kind" agency nurse, who lived in Hayes, west London, but worked at a hospital in Southport, Merseyside, had told friends she wanted to return to her native South Africa after 18 years to be with her children and granddaughter.

  • Chrissie Emerson

    Healthcare assistant King's Lynn

    Chrissie Emerson was a "valued" healthcare assistant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King's Lynn, Norfolk, bosses said.

    A "much-loved" wife to Michael and "cherished" mother and grandmother, Mrs Emerson died over the weekend of 18-19 April, the hospital said.

  • Margaret Tapley

    19 April Nurse, 84 Swindon

    Grandmother-of-four Margaret Tapley was "one of a kind" and "died doing something she loved", her family said.

    The 84-year-old auxiliary nurse had continued worked as a healthcare assistant at Witney Community Hospital in Oxfordshire.

    Her grandson Ben Wood said she "had such a drive" and "gave her life and dedicated it towards the NHS".

  • Sophie Fagan

    19 April Carer support specialist, 78 Homerton

    One of Homerton hospital's "greatest stalwarts", Mrs Fagan was still working at the age 78, having "refused to fully retire".

    Her taste for "the brightest and most colourful jumpers, her elegance and her ability to talk to everyone and anyone made her stand out in the hospital corridors," hospital chief executive Tracey Fletcher said.

  • Craig Wakeham

    19 April GP, 59 Dorset

    A "much-loved" village GP, Dr Craig Wakeham is remembered by colleagues as a "leading light" and "devoted" husband and father.

    His fellow GPs said his "legacy" would live on in the patients he cared for "diligently" at the Cerne Abbas surgery, in Dorset - a practice he led for 30 years.

    Dr Wakeham, who fought the virus for "many days", died in Dorset County Hospital on 19 April. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

  • Grace Kungwengwe

    19 April Healthcare assistant London

    The grandmother and mother-of two was described as a "dedicated NHS worker, who loved her job and was actively working until she tested positive (for) Covid-19".

    "She was loved by many and her dedication and care for others was second to none," a tribute said.

  • Barbara Sage

    19 April Nurse, 68 London

    Mrs Sage, 68, from Bromley in south London, died in intensive care after spending more than 40 years working in palliative care.

    She was a Marie Curie nurse for 14 years, providing vital care and support on the front line to dying patients in the community.

    Matthew Reed, chief executive of Marie Curie, told BBC Breakfast: "Barbara was a beautiful person. She was kind, generous, giving, fun.

  • Gerallt Davies

    20 April Paramedic, 51 Swansea

    Mr Davies was a paramedic at Cwmbwrla Station in Swansea, after joining the ambulance service in 1994.

    He was also national operations officer of St John Cymru Wales, a role for which he was awarded an MBE in 2019.

    He was the first member of the Welsh Ambulance Service to die from Covid-19. He died on 20 April.

  • Patrick McManus

    20 April Nurse, 60 Stafford

    Patrick McManus was a "kind and compassionate" nurse and "larger-than-life" character, colleagues said.

    Originally from Strabane, in Northern Ireland, he had been a nurse for more than 40 years, including at North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary and then County Hospital in Stafford.

    He brought "kindness and compassion to all his patients" and took staff and students under his wing, the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) said.

  • Sadeq Elhowsh

    20 April Surgeon, 58 St Helens

    Orthopaedic surgeon Sadeq Elhowsh was a "wonderful husband" and a "devoted" father-of-four who "dearly loved" his family, they have said.

    Mr Elhowsh, who had worked for St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in Merseyside for 17 years, was "always there to help" staff and patients, his colleague Ravi Gudena, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, said.

    He was "most famous for regularly saying 'I will sort it'," colleagues said.

  • Kirsty Jones

    20 April Healthcare support worker, 41 Lanarkshire

    Mrs Jones spent much of her career working with older patients and recently took up new role on the front line at an assessment centre in Airdrie.

    Her husband Nigel said she was a "constant source of happiness" and "so proud" of their two sons.

    NHS Lanarkshire said colleagues “could attest to her professionalism, compassion and commitment”.

  • Grant Maganga

    20 April Mental health nurse, 56 Tameside

    Mr Maganga was said to have left a legacy of someone who "devoted his career to supporting and caring for people".

    The married father-of-four had worked at the Hurst Place rehabilitation centre where colleagues were said to have loved his "infectious laugh and positivity".

    Director of nursing Claire Parker said: "He touched so many people's hearts and lives and helped so many patients on their road to recovery."

  • Yusuf Patel

    20 April GP, 61 London

    Father-of-three Dr Yusuf Patel, 61, founded Woodgrange Medical Practice in Newham, east London, where he worked as GP for over two decades.

    Colleagues said he was a "simple, humble and honest man" who was "the life and soul of any party."

    "He touched thousands of lives with his kindness, generosity and sincerity, serving the local community in Newham."

  • Manjeet Singh Riyat

    21 April A&E consultant, 52 Derby

    Manjeet Singh Riyah was the UK's first Sikh A&E consultant and was described as being "the father" of the emergency department at Royal Derby Hospital.

    "He was an incredibly charming person and well loved," said the trust's chief executive Gavin Boyle.

    The 52-year old-died at the hospital where he worked on 21 April.

  • Medhat Atalla

    21 April Consultant Doncaster

    A consultant, who has been described as a "very special human being" and "a real NHS hero".

    Dr Atalla died following treatment at Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI), where he worked as a consultant geriatrician.

    Dr Atalla 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.

  • Sharon Bamford

    21 April Care assistant, 63 Swansea

    Care assistant Sharon Bamford died after her husband, Malcolm, had also passed away after contracting coronavirus.

    She worked on the oncology ward at Singleton Hospital, in Swansea.

    "Sharon's sad death will leave a massive void within the team and within the Singleton family," Jan Worthing, director of Singleton Hospital, said.

  • Ian Reynolds

    21 April Paramedic, 53 London

    The father-of-two worked as a paradmedic for 32 years and since 2012 had been a member of Crystal Palace Football Club's pitch-side medical team.

    Dr Amir Pakravan said: “As a person, he was the best friend you could wish for, always smiling, calm and easy-going.”

    His union Unison said Mr Reynolds was "wise, experienced and popular" with all his London Ambulance Service colleagues.

  • Katy Davis

    21 April Nurse, 37 Southampton

    Katy Davis, 37, died within three days of her twin sister, Emma, having both tested positive for Covid-19.

    The children's nurse died at Southampton General Hospital on 21 April.

    Their sister, Zoe, said: "They always said they had come into the world together and would go out together as well. There are no words to describe how special they were."

  • Angie Cunningham

    22 April Nurse Borders

    Ms Cunningham was a "much loved wife, mother, sister, granny and great granny" and said she was "a friend to many more".

    Ms Cunningham had worked with NHS Borders for more than 30 years.

    "She was very proud to be a nurse, alongside her love for her family," a joint statement from NHS Borders and her family said.

  • Mahadaye Jagroop

    22 April Nurse, 66 Birmingham

    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.

  • Ade Dickson

    Mental health nurse London

    Ade Dickson, a mental health nurse, had been working in the Barnet Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team.

    The trust said he was "a highly respected colleague who will be deeply missed by his family, friends, Trust staff and patients".

  • Andy Costa

    Ward administrator London

    Mr Costa was a "highly respected, conscientious and long-serving colleague", colleagues said.

    “Andy’s 26 years of diligence and loyalty to Camden and Islington NHS foundation trust were honoured with a long service award only last summer at a special tea party," the trust said.

  • Ann Shepherd

    Counsellor, 80 Long Eaton

    Ann Shepherd, who had worked in mental health services across D​erbyshire for the last 26 years, was described as a a phenomenal character, full of colour and sparkle".

    Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said she was "devoted to her work and her patients and was inspirational in her field" and "a huge impact on her patients".

    Ms Shepherd had underlying health conditions, but even after her own provisional diagnosis of Covid-19, she would call to check if colleagues were OK.

  • Cheryl Williams

    Date Ward housekeeper London

    Cheryl Williams, a ward housekeeper, was "a lynchpin of the care, comfort, and compassion", North Middlesex University Hospital said.

    In a statement it said her patient care was "irreplaceable".

    "Her family, friends and colleagues at North Middlesex University Hospital will miss her more than words can describe," it added.

  • Dawn Marshall

    Support Time Recovery Worker Oldbury

    For almost 10 years, Ms Marshall worked at Hallam Street Hospital, and more recently was a support time recovery worker based at Quayside House, in Oldbury.

    Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundtion Trust said: "She was always very helpful and supportive to her colleagues and was able to build a real rapport with the service users she worked with.

    "She had an incredible bubbly character and was always breaking out in song."

  • Gladys Mujajati

    Nurse, 46 Derby

    Gladys Mujajati "had a big heart" and was always seen "with a smile on her face", colleagues have said.

    The "much-loved" mental health nurse showed "true compassion and empathy" to patients and colleagues.

    The 46-year-old, who had an underlying health condition, had stepped away from work in recent weeks and died in hospital.

  • Jenelyn Carter

    Healthcare assistant Swansea

    Jenelyn Carter was a "lovely, caring" healthcare assistant who worked on admissions at Morriston Hospital, had a "heart of gold" and "would go the extra mile for anyone", Swansea Bay health board said.

  • Julie Penfold

    Nurse, 53 Merseyside

    Julie Penfold was a well-loved member of staff at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust in Merseyside.

    Mrs Penfold loved her job, her husband said, adding: "When she was at school, all she ever talked about was being a nurse."

    She and her husband would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year.

  • Kevin Smith

    Date Plaster technician Doncaster

    Kev, as he was known to friends and colleagues, was "renowned for his warm personality, diligence and compassion", Richard Parker, chief executive at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said.

    Mr Smith, a plaster technician at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, was "a valued member of the team for over 35 years".

    Mr Parker said he was "utterly heartbroken" to share the news of his death.

  • Leilani Medel

    Nurse Bridgend

    Mrs Medel, originally from the Philippines, lived in Bridgend, South Wales, and had worked at a number of local hospitals.

    "Leilani Medel was not only a nurse, she was a mother, a wife, and our friend," Rhian Eccleshare, director of nursing at Cardiff-based Hoop Recruitment, said.

    "She never had a bad word to say about anyone and was so passionate about her work. Her smile was infectious and she had the kindest of souls."

  • Mamoona Rana

    Trainee registrar, 49 Romford

    Dr Mamoona Rana was a trainee registrar in psychiatry.

    In a statement, the North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) said Dr Rana was a "highly-valued and respected colleague".

  • Melonie Mitchell

    111 worker London

    Ms Mitchell’s death was confirmed by the London ambulance service, where she worked.

    Chief executive Garrett Emmerson said: "It is with great sadness I confirm the death of Melonie Mitchell, a member of our NHS 111 team.

    "Our condolences are with her family at this sad time. Melonie will be greatly missed by her friends and colleagues across the service."

  • Oscar King Jr

    Hospital porter Oxford

    Mr King Jr was a porter at John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford, and was originally from the Philippines.

    He is believed to have worked at the hospital for 10 years and was described as a "beloved friend, loving husband, and devoted father" to his 10-year-old daughter.

  • Rajesh Kalraiya

    Community paediatrician, 68 Romford

    Dr Rajesh Kalraiya, a community paediatrician, worked in Romford as a locum.

    The North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) said he was a "highly-valued and respected colleague".

  • Vishna Rasiah

    Consultant neonatologist Birmingham

    Dr Vishna Rasiah, who worked at Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, was the clinical lead for the regional neonatal network.

    His wife, Liza, said: "We're devastated at losing our beloved Vish. He was such a loving husband and father to our beautiful daughter Katelyn, and much loved son and brother to our family in Malaysia and Trinidad."

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