A tribute: The GPs who have died from COVID-19

GPonline pays tribute to the GPs who have died from COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic.

GPonline is aiming to keep a record of those GPs who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you would like to contact us with any further names, or believe there is anyone we have missed, please email GPonline editor Emma Bower at emma.bower@haymarket.com. Please also email us if you would like us to add anything to the tributes already published below.

Dr Abdorreza Sedghi

Dr Abdorreza Sedghi, originally from Iran, came to the UK to pursue a career in general practice and was a GP trainee in Hertfordshire. He was based at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire at the time of his death.

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

‘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.

Dr Mohinder Singh Dhatt

Dr Mohinder Singh Dhatt - one of the longest-serving GPs in Slough, Berkshire - is the 11th UK GP to die after becoming infected with COVID-19.

The 80-year-old doctor had been working at the Kumar Medical Centre in Slough, not far from the Langley Health Centre where he served for many years as a partner.

Colleagues said Dr Dhatt would be remembered for his 'genial and thoughtful' manner, and called the death of the 'tremendously popular' local GP who had a special interest in haematology a 'great loss'.

A statement from East Berkshire CCG said: 'Dr Dhatt was a keen supporter of professional training and development in Slough. He will always be remembered for his genial and thoughtful manner to patients and colleagues. He will be very much missed and we extend our sympathy and condolences to his family and friends.'

Dr Poornima Nair

Dr Poornima Nair became the UK's tenth GP to die from coronavirus and the first woman from the profession to lose her life during the pandemic.

Dr Nair, a GP in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, died after a 'prolonged' battle against COVID-19, colleagues at the Station View Medical Centre confirmed.

A statement posted on the practice website said: '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.'

Practice manager Sarah Westgarth told BBC Look North that Dr Nair 'lit up any room she walked into', calling her 'positive, encouraging and so caring to her patients'.

BMA GP committee member Dr Preeti Shukla said on Twitter that the loss of the Bishop Auckland GP was 'devastating' - calling her a 'well respected colleague' who had been 'full of life' and left behind a grieving family.

Dr Karamat Ullah Mirza

Dr Karamat Ullah Mirza, 84, had been a GP since 1974. He was a partner at the Old Road Surgery in Clacton and also worked as a clinical assistant in anaesthesia in Colchester General Hospital for 20 years and as a clinical assistant in obstetrics in Clacton Hospital for 20 years, and had a special interest in opthalmology.

Colleagues paid tribute to Dr Mirza, saying he was 'respected and much-loved' doctor.

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, said: '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.'

Dr Mirza is understood to have died on 10 May.

Dr Saad Al-Dubbaisi

Dr Saad Al-Dubbaisi (Photo: Al-Dubbaisi family)Dr Al-Dubbaisi a 59-year-old GP at the Garden City Medical Centre in Bury, Greater Manchester, passed away after being poorly for a number of weeks. He had worked GP in Bury for over 20 years after qualifying as a doctor in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1983.

Bury CCG chair Dr Jeff Schryer, a fellow local GP, said: 'It comes 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 Yusuf Ismail Patel

Dr Patel, a 61-year-old GP principal and founder of the Woodgrange Medical Practice in Newham, east London, died on Monday 20 April after contracting COVID-19.

Colleagues of Dr Patel at the Woodgrange Medical Practice said: '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-19, 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.'

Dr Craig Wakeham

Dr Wakeham, 59, was a GP in Dorset and chief clinical information officer at Dorset CCG and died on 18 April.

Dr Jeremy Dobbs and Dr Jenny Bubb, colleagues of Dr Wakeham at the Cerne Abbas Surgery in Dorchester said: '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 Dorset CCG, said: '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.'

Dr Krishan Arora

Dr Krishan Arora was a senior partner at the Violet Lane Medical Practice in Croydon, south London, where he had worked for 27 years. He passed away on 15 April 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19.

Dr Arora graduated from Cambridge University in 1988 and worked as a frontline GP for the whole of his career. He was one of the directors on the Croydon GP Collaborative and sat on south-west London's NHS England online consultation board.

A notice on his surgery's website said that Dr Arora would be 'sadly missed by his colleagues and his patients'.

GP borough lead for Croydon Dr Agnelo Fernandes said: ‘We are all greatly saddened by the death of Dr Krishan Arora. Krish was extremely well liked and worked tirelessly to care for his patients and improve services for everyone in Croydon. We will miss him.’

Dr Kamlesh Masson

Dr Kamlesh Masson (Photo: Thurrock CCG)

Dr Kamlesh Masson worked as a GP in the south Essex area for more than three decades, founding the Milton Road Surgery in Grays in 1985, where he worked until 2017 until switching to locum work.

Described as a 'true gentleman' by his family and a 'well respected and liked GP' by colleagues at Thurrock CCG, Dr Masson worked his last locum shift in general practice on 12 March - just over a month before he passed away on 16 April after fighting COVID-19 and pneumonia for more than three weeks.

His family said: '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 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 Fayez Ayache

Dr Ayache, 76, worked at the North Clacton Medical Group and had been employed within the NHS in Essex and Suffolk for more than 40 years. He died on 8 April after being diagnosed with pneumonia and COVID-19.

His eldest daughter Layla Ayache described her father on Facebook as a ‘rural village GP at heart’ and the ‘most dedicated GP’ she had ever met. She wrote: 'Our wonderful dad passed away peacefully in hospital yesterday from a short but courageous battle with COVID-19.

'He was the most kindhearted, loving, generous and caring man we knew and he was an incredible and amazing doctor... we are truly devastated and will miss him dearly.'
Picture: Archant/Sarah Lucy Brown

Dr Syed Zishan Haider

Dr Haider, 76, a GP in Dagenham, east London passed away at Queen’s Hospital in Romford on 6 April. He was a senior partner at Valence Medical Centre and had worked as a doctor for over 50 years.

Dr Haider’s son spoke to Geo News and paid tribute to his father: ‘Many described him as a selfless man driven by his passion for his profession.

‘Even while 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.’

Others paid tribute to Dr Haider on social media, with one saying that the doctor had asked for his ventilator to be used for other sick patients.

Dr Habib Zaidi

76-year-old Dr Habib Zaidi, a managing partner at the Eastwood Group Practice in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, who passed away on 25 March, was the first NHS doctor to die after contracting COVID-19.

Dr Zaidi worked at the practice with his his wife Talat and daughter Sarah, who are also GPs.

Patients paid tribute to Dr Zaidi on social media - calling him a 'pillar of our community', and a 'good doctor and lovely man'.

One patient wrote on Facebook: 'Our family doctor - I am broken hearted, his wife, his daughter Sarah and the Zaidis before him have been a pillar of our community for many years.'

Another patient said Dr Zaidi had been his family doctor 'since our sons were born 40-odd years ago'. Calling him a 'good doctor and a lovely man', the patient said he had 'helped me through some tough periods in my life'.

Another patient wrote on Facebook: 'This is awful. He was the best doctor you could ask for. He truly made you feel like he cared about you and your family. No rushing you in and out. A true professional who will be missed.'

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