It is with immense sadness the Trust can confirm the awful news that we have lost one of our consultant physicians to Covid-19.
Dr Nasir Khan was one of our locum doctors who worked on one of the Trust’s medical wards at our Dewsbury and District Hospital site. He fell ill with the virus around a month ago and, as a resident of Bolton, he was admitted to Bolton NHS Foundation Trust on 6 April. We were informed that he had died yesterday.
Dr Khan came to work at the Trust last November in support of our winter preparation. Martin Barkley, Chief Executive of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said:
“In the six months he worked with us Dr Khan had become a very well-liked and valued member of the team with everyone, including nursing and junior doctor colleagues. They have spoken of his incredibly positive nature, his kindness and his compassion for his patients. He also showed fantastic leadership: he was absolutely dedicated to the well-being of the junior staff he was working with, and his thoughtfulness and considerate manner shone out to everyone who met him.
“We consider ourselves very fortunate to have had such a doctor as Dr Khan working for the Trust, and we are all devastated to learn of his death. It is impossible to put into words how much our hearts go out to his family and friends.
“This news is a terrible reminder of the consequences of this pandemic that so many families are having to face. My thanks go to every member of our staff at Mid Yorkshire who - in the same spirit of courage and compassion that Dr Khan so clearly showed - continue to leave their families at home, put themselves on the frontline, and come into work every day to care for our patients.”
The Trust is flying the Union Jack at half-mast at Dewsbury hospital as a mark of respect.
Dr Khan has left behind his wife and three children. His son, Mahad Ali Khan, has provided these words about him:
“My dad was a loving, caring and much-loved father, husband, son, brother and friend. He dedicated his life to his family and profession. He was incredibly strong and we always turned to him for support, as he was a shining light of guidance. He was compassionate, humble and loyal. He had always put his family and friends before himself and was extremely giving. He would always look for the slightest of excuses to help those in need. His hard-working nature and charming personality allowed him to make life even more enjoyable. We strive to achieve the greatness that was my dad and fulfill the dreams he has left behind. Miss you dad! X”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr Khan’s family, and we understand a page has been set up to raise funds for his family at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-for-the-family-of-dr-nasir-khan