On the day the NHS marked a one minute's silence for healthcare and key workers who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 outbreak, we remember three pharmacists who are known to have died from coronavirus.
Speaking on behalf of the RPS, CEO Paul Bennett said:
“Everyone here at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is deeply saddened to hear of the deaths of pharmacists Pooja Sharma, Jayesh Bhanubhai Patel and Mehool Patel from coronavirus.
“Pharmacists and their teams are making an incredible contribution to the frontline. News that anyone in the pharmacy family has passed away from the virus is a tragedy.
"Pooja, Jayesh and Mehool went to work every day to support patients. Each of their deaths is not only heart-breaking for their family, friends and colleagues, but also for all the patients they helped support during their career.
“It’s important to remember that the NHS frontline is a tough place to be right now, but one staffed by pharmacists with the utmost dedication. We owe them all an enormous debt. They are truly extraordinary.
“We offer our sincere condolences to the families of Pooja, Jayesh and Mehool at this very difficult time.”