Tributes paid to "popular" Southampton hospital porter who's died after testing positive for Covid-19

Mike worked for the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust for two decades. Credit: ITV Meridian/ Library pictures

Tributes are being paid to a hospital porter in Southampton, who has died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Mike Brown, 61, was admitted to Southampton General Hospital and was receiving treatment in its critical care unit, before passing away in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust says he had an underlying health condition.

Mike worked within the trust for 20 years, and was described as "well recognised and popular".

Paula Head, chief executive of UHS, said: “Mike had been with our hospital for 20 years and played a significant role supporting services that enable patients to receive great care and experiences.

“He was well-recognised and popular with so many staff, once nominated by colleagues for a Hospital Heroes award for always going above and beyond and he often shared his good sense of humour with everyone around.

“Our thoughts are with Mike’s partner, Sandy, and his family and he will remain fondly in our thoughts, particularly those of his close colleagues and the staff he worked with on the wards regularly.”