December 3, 2020

London coronavirus: The 50 NHS and care workers from the capital who have died of Covid-19 – My London

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The coronavirus pandemic has been deady.

The virus has killed more than 8,800 people in London.

Sadly, at least 50 of those were NHS and care workers.

In the UK, at least 200 frontline health and care workers have died after contracting coronavirus.

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That figure is likely to be still lower than the true number of workers who have died, as the names of some victims will not yet be in the public domain.

Below is a list of the 50 known NHS and care workers from London who have sadly died after contracting Covid-19.

We will never forget you.

Dr Adil El Tayar

Dr Adil El Tayar was one of the first doctors to die of coronavirus in the UK
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Dr Adil El Tayar, an organ transplant consultant volunteering for the NHS, died at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth on March 25 after contracting coronavirus.

The 63-year-old was father of four children, two of whom are doctors in the NHS.

The British Ambassador to Sudan, Irfan Siddiq, paid tribute to Dr El Tayar on Twitter, writing: “Saddened to hear of Sudanese doctor Adel Altayar’s death in the UK from Covid-19.

“Health workers around the world have shown extraordinary courage. We cannot thank them enough. In this fight we must listen to their advice.”

Professor Mohamed Sami Shousha

Professor Sami Shousha worked at the UK cancer research laboratories at London’s Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals
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Professor Mohamed Sami Shousha was an honorary professor of histopathology at Imperial College and worked at the UK cancer research laboratories at London’s Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals.

The 79-year-old died on April 2.

His nephew, Abdelrahman Shousha, said his uncle returned to work to help fight the virus despite his 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

Thomas Harvey was a devoted NHS worker and much loved family man
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The 57-year-old heath worker at Goodmayes Hospital in Ilford was a father of seven.

He had worked for the NHS for 20 years and sadly died alone in a flat as he was self-isolating on March 29.

Glen Corbin

Colleagues to healthcare assistant (HCA) Glen Corbin, from Brent paid tribute to him after he died having tested positive for Covid-19.

They said he worked at Park Royal Centre for Mental Health for many years after joining shortly after it opened in 1995, and had retired and was looking forward to his 60th birthday later this year.

He recently returned as a bank HCA working in both acute and rehabilitation services, his colleagues said.

“Glen was a much loved colleague and will be sorely missed,” they added.

“Our condolences to his family, friends and loved ones at this sad and difficult time.”

Amanda Forde

Amanda Forde was a GP receptionist at Vale Practice in Crouch End
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Amanda Forde, who was a GP receptionist at Vale Practice in Crouch End, North London, died on April 3.

In a statement on its website, the practice 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.”

Dr Alfa Saadu

The 68-year-old doctor, who had returned to work from retirement, died on April 6 at the Whittington Hospital in North London.

His son, Dani Saadu, told the Huffington Post: “He was a very passionate man, who cared about saving people.

“As soon as you spoke to him about medicine his face would light up.

“He worked for the NHS for nearly 40 years in different hospitals across London.”

Alanzo Smith

Alanzo Smith, a mental health worker of 22 years who died of Covid-19
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The 62-year-old, from Chingford, had been a mental health worker at the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust for 22 years before his death on May 10.

His twin brother, Spurgeon, described him as a “happy and jolly” man who loved his job, adding: “He would go in even when he was off work, he was a dedicated worker.”

Dr Anton Sebastianpillai

Dr Anton Sebastianpillai died on April 4
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Dr Anton Sebastianpillai was a consultant geriatrician who 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.

President of the British Geriatrics Society, Professor Tash Masud, said: “The loss of a doctor who spent his professional life caring for older people is heartbreaking news.

“Dr Sebastianpillai had worked for more than 40 years in geriatric medicine and was a devoted and respected geriatrician. On behalf of the British Geriatrics Society, I send sincere condolences to Dr Sebastianpillai’s wife and son.”

Emily Perugia

A care co-ordinator in Hillingdon, Emily Perugia was 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”. Ms Perugia’s mother, sister, brother and fiance all work for the same NHS trust as her.

Esther Akinsanya

The nurse and grandmother was working on the front line at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London before her death on the evening of April 15, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust confirmed.

Ms Akinsanya, 55, had been a nurse for the NHS for more than 20 years along with her older sister, Mary Idowu, who has also been fighting Covid-19 and has been in a coma in recent weeks.

Her son Samuel said: “My mother is an angel in human form.

“She was a people’s person, always available to stretch herself thin to help in any way, shape or form. She would sacrifice to ensure you were whole, nothing was half-hearted.”

Syed Haid

Syed Haider was a GP who worked at Valence Medical Centre in Dagenham.

He died at Queen’s Hospital in Romford on April 6 after it is believed he developed coronavirus symptoms.

Onyenachi Obasi

Onyenachi Obasi was a ‘dedicated and loving’ nurse
(Image: Family handout/PA Wire)

A “dedicated and loving” nurse from East London died five weeks after first being placed on a ventilator.

Onyenachi Obasi, 51, had been working as a health visitor and nurse, and her family said she “gave her life doing what she loved”.

Her niece, Ijeoma Uzoukwu, said: “We are just heartbroken. She was really loving, really sweet and a really cute person.

“She was a good example of unconditional love and just loved everyone. She was so giving and always had an ear – she took people as they were.

“She loved her job, but that is what caused her to fall ill in the first place.”

Ms Obasi had been living in Barking and Dagenham at the time of her death.

Donald Suelto

Donald Suelto worked at Hammersmith Hospital
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The 51-year-old, who worked as a nurse at Hammersmith Hospital in West London, died on April 7 after going into self-isolation with coronavirus symptoms.

In a tribute to the nurse, originally from the Philippines, friend and fellow NHS nurse Alejandro Fernandez said: “I still can’t believe it.

“You were never alone. As I said, you are a hero, everyone knows that. So proud of you.

“He was an enthusiastic nurse, full of life, loved his NHS job and a spirited friend with a loving heart. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family. Rest in Peace Donds.”

Remigio Cabansag

Mr Cabansag had been working at Highbury New Park Care Home in London for almost eight years when he fell ill and died on April 12.

Bosses at the home paid tribute and said he was a hard worker who took “great pride” in keeping residents’ rooms clean and was “always willing to go the extra mile”.

Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury

Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury worked at Homerton University Hospital
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Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, a consultant urologist, 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 Chowdhury, 53, who worked at Homerton University Hospital in East London, will be “greatly missed”, according to the hospital’s chief executive Tracey Fletcher.

Amor Gatinao

Amor Gatinao died on April 10
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Amor Gatinao is reported to have died on the morning of April 10, having worked as a nurse at St Charles Hospital, West London.

Rebecca Campbell, deputy head of CHC, said: “Amor was an incredibly kind, caring and warm hearted nurse, known to many of the team for many years.

“Amor nurtured people and shared her skills and knowledge with all from her experience and was an absolute pleasure to have known Amor and have worked with her.”

Jermaine Wright

Jermaine Wright was a pharmaceutical technician at Hammersmith Hospital

Jermaine Wright was a pharmaceutical technician at Hammersmith and vice-chairman of the Hackney and Leyton Sunday Football League
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Jermaine Wright died at the Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea on April 27, just four days before his 46th birthday.

He joined Hammersmith Hospital’s pharmacy team in 2015, where he would check the quality of products used to treat cancer patients. He previously worked at the Brompton, and Great Ormond Street hospitals.

Sara Trollope

Sara Trollope with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in April 2019
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Sara Trollope, 51, died at Watford General Hospital on April 10 after testing positive for Covid-19 a week earlier.

The mum-of-four, who had worked for the NHS for more than 30 years and was just months from retirement, had most recently worked as matron for older adult mental health services in Hillingdon.

Paying tribute, medical director Dr Paul Hopper said: “Sara had that unbeatable combination of kindness, selflessness and total determination to get things right for patients. She was an example to every one of us.”

Melujean Ballesteros

Melujean Ballesteros worked at St Mary’s Hospital for 12 years
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The “dedicated and very caring” Filipino nurse, 60, died at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington on April 12, just two days after being admitted.

Friends and colleagues of Melujean Ballesteros described her as a “hero”.

It’s understood Mrs Ballesteros, 60, was married and had children.

Cheryl Williams

North Middlesex University Hospital housekeeper Cheryl Williams
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North Middlesex University Hospital said Cheryl 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, died on April 12.

Juliet Alder

Juliet Alder has been part of West London Mental Health Trust since 2016

Juliet Alder had been part of West London Mental Health Trust since 2016
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Juliet Alder, 58, had worked at West London NHS Trust since 2016. She died on April 14.

In her final weeks at the trust, she moved to older people’s mental health, working on Meridian Ward in Hammersmith & Fulham.

Carolyn Regan, trust chief executive, said: “Juliet was kind, caring and thoughtful. She was known for having a beaming smile, infectious laughter, and taking great pride in looking after others. Juliet dedicated much of her working life to the NHS.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with her husband, her daughter as well as all her friends and other colleagues within our trust.”

Barbara Sage

Barbara Sage has been described as a "kind, generous, giving and fun"

Barbara Sage was described as ‘kind, generous, giving and fun’
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Barbara Sage, 68, died in intensive care on Easter Sunday (April 12) following treatment for Covid-19.

Barbara, who has been described as a “beautiful person” spent more than 40 years working in palliative care.

Amrik Bamotra

Amrik Bamotra was a radiology support worker at King George Hospital
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Amrik 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 for four years, and is suspected to have died from coronavirus.

His death was announced on April 15.

Dr Krishan Arora

Dr Krishan Arora was labelled a ‘hero’ by his patients
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Dr Krishan Arora, who was a GP at Violet Lane Medical Practice in Waddon, had worked in Croydon for 27 years.

The 57-year-old died on April 15 after testing positive for Covid-19, Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group confirmed.

Dr Arora, who was married and had children, will be “greatly missed”, Violet Lane Medical Practice said.

Dr Yusuf Patel

Dr Yusuf Patel died at Queen’s Hospital in Romford on April 20
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Dr Yusuf Patel, 61, founded Woodgrange Medical Practice, in Forest Gate, where he worked since 1997 before he died at Queen’s Hospital in Romford on April 20.

The dad-of-three leaves behind his wife, Nasim, and his children Rumaysa, Maariya and Ahmed, who are all pursuing medical careers.

Michael Allieu

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.”

Rajesh Kalraiya and Mamoona Rana

Dr Kalraiya, 68, was working as a community paediatrician in Romford for the North East London Foundation Trust.

Dr Rana, 49, was a trainee registrar in psychiatry and also worked for the North East London Foundation Trust.

NELFT chief executive Professor Oliver Shanley 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.”

Grace Kungwengwe

The woman went against Public Health England guidelines to stop the spread of coronavirus by turning up at University Hospital Lewisham unannounced

Grace Kungwengwe was a frontline nurse at University Hospital Lewisham
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Grace Kungwengwe, who was a mum-of-two, died on April 19 after contracting the virus while battling the pandemic.

The nurse, who is believed to have lived in Lewisham, was described by her family as a nurse who was “loved by many”.

Sister Tendaiv said: “Grace was a dedicated NHS worker who loved her job and was actively working until she tested positive of Covid 19.

“She leaves behind two sons and grandchildren.

“Grace was loved by many and her dedication and care for others was second to none.”

Jennie Sablayan

Ms Sablayan, a haematology nurse , was described as a “much-loved specialist” who had trained in the Philippines before joining University College London Hospital in 2002.

A GoFundMe page, set up in her memory, said she died on May 5.

Ade Dickson

Ade Dickson was a mental health nurse at the Barnet Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team.

The Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, which announced his death, said: “Ade was a highly respected colleague who will be deeply missed by his family, friends, Trust staff and patients.”

Sophie Fagan

Described as an “extraordinary woman” who “refused to retire”, Sophie Fagan, 78, was well known at Homerton University Hospital and across Hackney.

The support worker died on April 19.

Paying tribute to her, Homerton chief executive Tracey Fletcher said: “She refused to fully retire and, although she did reduce her hours, she was often to be found meeting relatives and supporting staff in the hospital when she wasn’t due to be. Sophie wanted to make a difference and caring for the elderly was her passion.

“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.”

Josephine Peter

‘Manini’ had been planning on reuniting with her children and granddaughter in South Africa
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Josephine Peter fell ill with coronavirus and died on Saturday April 18, after doctors informed her husband Thabo that she was only being kept alive by a mechanical ventilator.

The nurse, who lived in Hayes, has previously worked for Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust, here she worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

The 55-year-old had been working at a hospital in Southport, Merseyside, since February but before she fell ill she told friends she wanted to return to South Africa to be with her children.

Trish Armstrong-Child, the trust’s chief executive, said: “Josephine, from Hayes, had worked at Southport since February on an agency contract until falling ill in early April. She was a nurse for 20 years and was married with two children.

“Josephine’s husband, Thabo, told me she was passionate, hardworking, always putting others before herself. She was ‘my heroine’, he said.

“Our thoughts are with Josephine’s family at this difficult time and we offer them our sincere condolences.”

Van Lang Hoang

Van Lang Hoang was a patient transport driver at Barts Health NHS Trust.

His death was announced on Monday, May 4.

Mark Woolcock

Mr Woolcock was an ambulance care assistant at Barts Health NHS Trust.

Described as a “friendly, genuine person that loved helping others”, he died on April 20.

Dr Habibhai Babu

The doctor, known to colleagues as Babu, worked at Whipps Cross Hospital, in Leytonstone, as a senior house officer.

His death was announced by Barts Health NHS Trust.

Afua Fofie

Afua Fofie, a healthcare assistant, on the Pamela Bryant Ward at Teddington Memorial Hospital, died in April after contracting Covid-19.

The Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare Trust confirmed her death and described her as being “known for her infectious laugh and willingness to go the extra mile for patients and her colleagues”.

It added: “She always put her patients first and her loss will be keenly felt by those who knew her and worked alongside her.”

Kenneth Lambatan

Kenneth Lambatan was very popular with staff, and described as a ‘true gem’ by those that knew him well

Mr Lambatan was just 33 years old when he died on April 27 after contracting Covid-19 and was “an extraordinary person, son, brother, nurse, colleague and friend”, according to a GoFundMe page posted in his memory.

He was based in the cardiology department at St George’s Hospital, but also worked closely with colleagues in the Clinical Research Facility – and had strong links with both the Trust, and St George’s, University of London.

“Everyone at St George’s is deeply saddened by the death of Ken, one of our cardiac research nurses,” a statement read.

“Ken was very popular with staff, and described as a ‘true gem’ by those that knew him well. He was dedicated to his role as a research nurse here at St George’s, and was as popular with his patients as he was with colleagues.

“Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues at this time.”

Elma Cavalida

Elma Cavalida was described by colleagues as welcoming everyone “with a smile” and would do everything in her power to help others.

The “bubbly” and “friendly” maternity assistant worked at Northwick Park Hospital and died on April 26 after contracting Covid-19.

Vikas Deshwal, who set up a gofundme page in her memory, said she was a “bubbly, caring and kind-spirited” woman who had been taken too soon.

He added: “Elma arrived in England 10 years ago and right from the go started working real hard for her family who was left in the Philippines.

“She worked at the Northwick Park Hospital as a maternity assistant and loved her job.”

Dr Martin Mansell

The kidney specialist, a consultant nephrologist at St Peter’s Hospitals, Middlesex Hospital and Royal Free Hospital, London died after contracting Covid-19, the Renal Association announced.

According to a social media tribute by his daughter, Dr Mansell died on April 24.

Dr Paul Kabasele, eye doctor

Dr Paul Kabasele worked at Croydon University Hospital
(Image: Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

Known for his “warm, reassuring and generous nature”, Mr Kabasele worked for a decade as part of the eye care team at Croydon University Hospital before he died having contracted Covid-19 on April 24.

The 58-year-old was also a church pastor for more than 30 years and regularly gave sermons for the Rock of Ages Christian Assembly in Upper Norwood.

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust described Dr Kabasele’s death as “heartbreaking”.

Melonie Mitchell

Ms Mitchell’s death was confirmed by the London Ambulance Service, where she worked.

Chief executive Garrett Emmerson said she “will be greatly missed”.

“Melonie will be greatly missed by her friends and colleagues across the service,” a spokesperson for LAS said.

Ian Reynolds

Ian Reynolds with his wife Sian
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Ian Reynolds leaves behind his wife Sian “whom he loved with all his heart” and his two boys Jack and Ben.

Ian worked for the ambulance service for 32 years and was an active Unison rep, where he was described by his local branch as a “passionate Crystal Palace fan” and “an unapologetic mod”.

It is understood that Ian died on April 21.

In a moving statement from LAS, a spokesperson said: “Ian Reynolds was a paramedic at New Addington. He worked for the service for 32 years and was still as active as ever until falling ill with Covid-19.

“A wise, experienced and popular man, he had time for everybody and could relate to his colleagues, members and patients alike – regardless of their background or identity – with an ease that endeared him to everyone he came across.”

Miharajiya Mohideen

Miharajiya Mohideen had been working at Newham General Hospital for several years before contracting Covid-19.

She spent 13 days in King George Hospital before her death.

Her son Javed wrote on a JustGiving page set up in her memory: “I am hoping to raise £10,000 for a water well to be built either in Sierra Leone or Malawi, where this will act as an ongoing charity for her.”

Edem Dzigbede

After a 30-year nursing career, Ms Dzigbede retired last year before returning to work on the respiratory ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Described on a GoFundMe page in her honour as a “blessing to everyone she came across”, she died on April 19.

Dean McKee

Dean McKee worked at St Vincent’s House care home in Hammersmith
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Dean McKee, 28, who worked at St Vincent’s House care home in Hammersmith, died on April 7.

His family, who described him as the “kindest, sweetest and nicest man”, said he had been off work and breathless for around a week, before collapsing at home in Shepherd’s Bush and being rushed to Charing Cross hospital.

Queen’s Park Rangers fan Mr McKee was a well-known poet among the club’s followers for his original work “Born Blue and White”, which was played before home games.

Rahima Bibi Sidhanee

Rahima Bibi Sidhanee, who worked at Grennell Lodge Nursing Home in Sutton, for more than 30 years, died in hospital on April 12 after contracting Covid-19.

Danny Shamtally, director of Care Unlimited, which operates the privately-owned care home, said Rahima would “go above and beyond in her delivery of care”.

Andy Costa

Andy Costa was one of the longest-serving members of staff at a mental health centre in London, having worked for 26 years in the NHS, most recently as a ward manager at Highgate Mental Health Centre in North London.

The NHS trust paid tribute to his “diligence and loyalty” after he died on April 9.

A spokeswoman for the trust said: “Andy was a highly respected, conscientious and long-serving colleague who had worked at Highgate Mental Health Centre since it opened 15 years ago.

“Andy will be very much missed by us all, especially by his many colleagues and friends in the ward, administration and domestic staff areas at Highgate Mental Health Centre.”

Abdul Gellaledin

Colleagues of Mr Gellaledin, who worked for Falck Ambulance UK helping to transport patients to and from Kingston Hospital, held a two-minute silence for him following his death earlier in April.

Mark Raisbeck, chief executive officer of Falck Ambulance UK, said: “Abdul will be greatly missed by his Falck colleagues and patients.

“Abdul joined Falck as an ambulance care assistant in August 2019, he was a kind, caring and funny man who carried out his role for patients with empathy and professionalism.”

Ibilola Aladejana

Known as Lola, the “much-loved” Mrs Aladejana was an agency worker who had been at University College Hospital for four years, most recently as a receptionist.

The mother-of-three died on April 4 due to complications of Covid-19, according to a GoFundMe page set up by her husband Ayodele Aladejana.

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