Tributes have been paid to a highly respected doctor from Royal Derby Hospital who has died from coronavirus.
Dr Krishnan Subramanian, a consultant anaesthetist at the Mickleover hospital, passed away at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester on Thursday, it has been announced.
Bosses of the trust have paid tribute, calling Dr Subramanian a “hugely valued member” of the team and said he was an inspiration on the hospital’s wards for many reasons.
Dr Subramanian joined the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust in 2014.
He had previously worked at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, and trained at hospitals across the East Midlands earlier in his career, including in Derby.
Gavin Boyle, the Trust’s chief executive, said: “This is a very sad day for the UHDB family.
“Krishnan was a hugely valued member of the team who had worked tirelessly this year to support those who needed care. Our thoughts are with his family at this time and I would like to offer our sincere condolences to them on behalf of everyone at UHDB.
“Our Anaesthetics and Theatres teams have worked incredibly hard this year in creating additional capacity for patients and staffing intensive care areas.
“For them to lose Krishnan in this way is heart-breaking and we will be doing everything to support the teams over the days and weeks to come.
“Losing Krishnan will undoubtedly impact on all of our staff and we have made sure that support, such as counselling, is available to all of them.
“Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank colleagues at University Hospitals of Leicester for the care they have given to Krishnan and his family, it is appreciated by everyone at UHDB.”
Dr John Williams, clinical director of anaesthetics and theatres, said: “Krishnan was a quiet and dedicated colleague. Hugely committed to his work, he stood out for his tireless patience with trainee doctors, for his professionalism and for his characteristic grin.
“He was a calm and reliable presence in what is often a busy working environment and I know many colleagues valued the qualities he brought to the role.
“He came here in his first consultant post and in the subsequent six years went on to lead some innovative anaesthetic techniques, presenting nationally and internationally his work on anaesthesia for breast surgery.
“Away from work he was a devoted family man and a man whose faith meant a lot to him. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”
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A minute’s silence to remember Dr Subramanian will be held at the main entrance of Royal Derby Hospital at 11am on Monday (November 16).
Dr Kathy McLean, chair of the Trust, said: “Dr Subramanian was a committed consultant who took huge pride in his work and will be greatly missed.
“This is a very sad day for the UHDB family and our thoughts are with his close colleagues, who will be here today continuing to provide care for those who need us.”