A nurse at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford has died after testing positive for coronavirus.
Adekunle Enitan, an intensive care nurse and father of two, died in the hospital’s intensive care unit on Friday.
The 55-year-old was being cared for by the highly specialist team he had worked with as an agency nurse for five years.
His wife Temitayo, son Martin and daughter Divine paid tribute to him, saying: “Adekunle was a great father and husband who cared deeply for us as well as others around him.
“We are all very thankful for the memories that we shared with him – he is now gone but he will never be forgotten and his spirit will always be beside us.”
Known to his colleagues as Ade, Mr Enitan was known as a kind and caring nurse and much respected colleague, who had also just undertaken a PhD in hospital management.
Mr Enitan’s PhD mentor Yvonne Davis admits he will leave a big void in the ward.
She said: “We are deeply saddened to lose Ade. He was an excellent nurse and a kind and cheery soul with a dry sense of humour, and he could always make me laugh.
“He worked hard for his patients and in his studies, caring deeply about what he did, and coming in on his days off to help develop a new garden for our ITU patients.
“I am proud to have called him my friend, and we will all miss him greatly.”
The William Harvey is one of five East Kent Hospitals.
Chief Executive of East Kent Hospitals Susan Acott paid tribute to a man whose loss will be felt throughout the hospital.
“Ade was a very experienced intensive care nurse and valued member of the ITU team,” she said.
“My deepest condolences go to Ade’s family, friends and colleagues on behalf of everyone at the Trust.
“We are immensely proud of Ade’s service with us, going above and beyond to care for some of our sickest patients.
“My heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in Ade’s care, particularly his ITU colleagues who are grieving the loss of one of their own.”
There will be a permanent memorial at the hospital to remember Ade which will be arranged with his family and colleagues at a later date.