Published: 20 April 2020 Ezine

A lead radiographer is one of a growing number of health and medical professionals who have died after being infected with Covid-19.

Simon Guest, succumbed in the ICU at Furness General Hospital, Barrow, Cumbria where he worked.

Simon's wife, Nicky, said, "We are all overwhelmed with grief at the loss of our beloved Simon to Covid-19.

“Simon was special, a true gentleman and a great role model to all. He was a gentle soul and so very caring with both his patients and NHS colleagues. Simon worked tirelessly on the front line, always helping others, a dedicated professional in every sense of the word.

“Simon has trained and mentored many radiography students who have gone on to continue his good work in both University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay and other hospitals. His students have described him as 'patient, knowledgeable and non-judgemental. An amazing man who provided unconditional support to us all.'

“Simon had a fantastic sense of humour. His work ethic and personality were like sunshine and light even in the darkest of times.”

Lead radiographer and colleague for the Furness General Hospital Rose Byron said: “Outside of work, Simon was a devoted husband to Nicky. Simon was a modest man and would be stunned by the outpouring of grief, and love being shown for him.

"The radiology department would like to thank everyone for all the love and support they are receiving from so many wonderful people. It was an honour and a privilege to have worked with him."

On social media, colleague Danny Leigh described him as a "role model and perfect gentleman" and Mabel Barclay said, " Simon was a much valued team member, a dedicated radiographer, a gentleman and a wonderful kind, patient and entertaining mentor. He will be very much missed."

Simon's trust tweeted, " It's people like Simon that the nation claps for on Thursdays." Many students talked of the kindness, support and patience he showed when they were on placement.

Charlotte Beardmore, the Society's director of professional policy, tweeted, "Thank you to Simon, for his dedication to the radiography profession, to patients, and colleagues. Our thoughts are with his family and to everyone he worked and cared for, sad times x

Tributes were also made by the chief allied health professions officer, Suzanne Rastrick, and the Royal College of Radiologists.