NHS staff observe a minutes silence in honour of key workers who have lost their lives due to COVID-19 at Mater Infirmorum Hospital, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 28, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

As the nation observed a minute’s silence on Tuesday (28) to commemorate the key workers who have died in the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the pharmacy sector remembered four of its own members who succumbed to Covid-19.

Speaking on behalf of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, CEO Paul Bennett, said the RPS was “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.”

Acting Chair of the National Pharmacy Association, Andrew Lane, said: “On behalf of the NPA, I want to pay my respects to those pharmacists and pharmacy team members who have had their lives cut tragically short by this virus. My heart goes out to their families, friends and colleagues.”

Jayesh Patel’s death was first reported via a Tweet by hospital pharmacist Nipa Patel who studied pharmacy with Jayesh at Sunderland University. A day after his death, @Nipapharmacist Tweeted:

Jayesh, who worked as locum pharmacist, was 53, and is survived by his wife and two daughters.

The death of Mehool Patel was first announced on Twitter by English Pharmacy Board member Dr Mahendra Patel via a tweet:

Mehool, who owned and ran a community pharmacy in north west London, reportedly died in a hospital on April 23. He was 48 and is survived by his wife and two sons.

Mandy Siddon, who was thought to have died from coronavirus, worked at a pharmacy in Cheshire as an accuracy checking technician. Her death was confirmed on April 10.

Hospital pharmacist Pooja Sharma succumbed to the virus on March 26.

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