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Minute silence for Burton consultant who died after testing positive for COVID-19

Amged El-Hawrani, who was 55, tested positive for COVID-19 and passed away on Saturday. Credit: Twitter / @UHDBTrust

Today (March 30) the University Hospital's of Derby and Burton (UHDB) NHS Foundation Trust is inviting colleagues to join them for a one minute silence to honour the life of a doctor who died after testing positive for coronavirus - the first hospital frontline worker to die.

Amged El-Hawrani, who was 55, worked at Queen's Hospital in Burton and died at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester on Saturday evening.

The UHDB NHS Foundation Trust has asked for colleagues on all sites to remember Mr El-Hawrani by joining them for a one minute silence at 1pm.

Mr El-Hawrani was an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Consultant who has been described by his family as their 'rock'.

In a statement, a spokesperson for his family said: "Amged 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."

"He was the rock of our family, incredibly strong, compassionate, caring and giving. He always put everyone else before himself. We all turned to him when we needed support and he was always there for us. He had so many responsibilities and yet he never complained."

The 55-year-old died at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester on Saturday evening. Credit: PA

They added: "We are incredibly proud of the legacy he has left behind and all that he has achieved. We would like to thank all those involved in his care for their kindness and compassion during his illness. They worked tirelessly for their patient, as he would have done for his own."

Life without him is impossible to imagine but together, we will do all we can to honour his memory and live how he would have wanted us to.

– Family spokesperson

Dr Magnus Harrison, the Executive Medical Director at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust, where Mr El-Hawrani worked, said he will be greatly missed by his patients and colleagues.

NHS England confirmed the 55-year-old was the first hospital frontline worker to die.

Gavin Boyle, chief executive at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton said: "Amged played a leading role in the merger between the hospitals in Burton and Derby and helped bring the two clinical teams together. He was keen to support colleagues outside of ENT and was well known across a wide number of departments."

"He was known for his dedication and commitment to his patients. He had also raised funds for the hospitals, including climbing in the Himalayas with a group of friends some years ago. The whole UHDB family are desperately saddened at losing Amged who was such a valued and much loved colleague."

On behalf of everyone here at UHDB, including our patients and the communities we serve, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to his family. We would also like to thank our colleagues at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust for their professionalism and the compassionate care they have shown for Amged and his family.

– Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive at University of Hospitals of Derby and Burton

Members of the public have taken to Twitter and Facebook to pay tribute to the NHS consultant.

Taz Bi wrote: "very sad and heartbreaking news, you will be in our hearts for ever for kindness and support you give us all. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’πŸ’".

Denise Bevan commented: "RIP to such a lovely kind gentleman. Will be sadly missed as a great surgeon. 😞".

Teresa Scott Findlay thanked Mr. El-Hawrani for all his work: "thank you for everything u have done. You risked your own life for us. Sorry for your loss to his family. RIP ❀️❀️❀️".

Adil El Tayar

Also today we learned about the death of transplant surgeon Adil El Tayar, 63, who died at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth, west London, on March 25.

He had been volunteering in A&E departments in the Midlands and was last working in Hereford Hospital.

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