The family of a long-serving doctor who died after contracting coronavirus have paid tribute to him as an "honest, kind and generous man who was deeply respected".
Dr Kamlesh Kumar Masson died on April 16, aged 78, having worked in the NHS for 47 years.
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.
His family, who described him as someone who "would have wanted to practise medicine for many more years to come", said he last worked on March 12, adding that his career "came to an unexpected end last month, when he unfortunately contracted Covid-19".
They described him as "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".
The family added: "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."
He was well-known locally and recognised as a "dedicated, determined, positive individual who would always do his utmost to help in all endeavours", they added.
The family thanked the staff at University College London Hospital who "fought tirelessly" to try to save him.
Dr Anil Kallil, fellow GP and chairman of NHS Thurrock CCG, said: "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."
Dr Adegboyega Tayo, chairman of NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG, said: "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 Masson completed his medical training in India and also worked as a doctor in East Africa. He worked in different parts of the UK before settling in Essex in 1975.