COVID-19: remembering the nursing staff who have lost their lives in the front line

The practice nurse who had worked in the NHS for nearly half a century; the ‘old-school’ nurse; the ‘go-to’ healthcare assistant (HCA) who knew how to get things done.

These are just some of the members of the nursing family who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Colleagues, friends and loved ones have all paid tribute to their dedication, their professionalism and passion for their role.
Here, we remember many of those who have lost their lives.


Julius Sana

Healthcare support worker Julius Sana worked at St Peter’s Hospital in Newport, South Wales, and died on 26 April after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Mr Sana was originally from the Philippines and had a cardiac arrest at the Royal Gwent Hospital after being on a ventilator for 18 days. His sister Jovelyn Villareal described him as a ‘good man who loved his job’.

Fiona Anderson

Fiona Anderson loved her job as a community staff nurse at Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre, in Sunderland, and devoted her life to helping others, her colleagues said.

Ms Anderson died on 26 April after testing positive for COVID-19.

Speaking on behalf of her community nursing colleagues, manager Kath Henderson said: ‘There are no words that can describe the loss we are all feeling, but we take comfort in knowing just how much Fiona loved her job and how incredibly proud she was to be part of the community team and the important work we do caring for patients.

‘She brought pride and passion to her work every single day and made such an incredible difference in the lives of so many people in South Tyneside and Sunderland.’

Jodon Gait

‘Dedicated and highly experienced’ HCA Jordan Gait, who died on 25 April, worked at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Trust chief executive Matthew Hopkins said: ‘Colleagues who worked most closely with him describe Jodon as a dedicated, passionate, caring colleague, a quirky character who always put patients at the centre of everything he did, who had a great sense of humour [and] who will be massively missed by all of the team.’

Larni Zuniga

Mr Zuniga, who worked at CHD Living's Surrey Hills care home, came to the UK 12 years ago from the Philippines to make a better life for his family, a friend said, and had received his British citizenship in February.

‘He was the centre of our Surrey Hills team and the centre of his family’s world, and he will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him.’

Janice Glassey

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust paid tribute to ‘much-loved’ HCA Janice Glassey, who died on 24 April.
Chief executive Colin Scales said Ms Glassey had worked in the out-of-hours district nursing service for 14 years and was a valued colleague and friend.

Mahadaye Jagroop

Also known as Mary, Mahadaye Jagroop worked at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, where she died on 22 April after contracting COVID-19.

‘Mary was a respected and loved member of our team and touched the lives of many in her distinguished career as a nurse,’ said Lisa Stalley-Green, chief nurse at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Angie Cunningham

Family and colleagues have paid tribute to nurse and great-grandmother Angie Cunningham, who died at Borders General Hospital in Scotland on 22 April.

A joint statement from NHS Borders chief executive Ralph Roberts and Ms Cunningham’s famiy said: ‘Angie worked in NHS Borders for over 30 years and during this time was a much-respected and valued colleague at the hospital, providing amazing care to patients.

‘She was very proud to be a nurse, alongside her love for her family.’

Katy Davis

Katy Davis, who worked as a nurse in child health at University Hospital Southampton, died on 21 April after testing positive for COVID-19.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust said Ms Davis, 38, had an underlying health condition and had been unwell for some time before she was admitted.

Trust chief executive Paula Head said: ‘Katy has been described by her colleagues as a nurse people would aspire to be like, and that nursing was more than just a job to her.’

In a message to staff, the trust’s chief nursing officer Gail Byrne also confirmed that Ms Davis’s twin sister Emma, a former colorectal surgery nurse at the trust, died on 24 April after testing positive for COVID-19.

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