Minute's silence to be held on Friday for Scarborough Hospital doctor Abdel Babiker, who died from coronavirus

Staff at Scarborough Hospital will be holding a minute’s silence tomorrow for a well-loved colleague who died after testing positive for coronavirus.

By Sarah Fitton
Thursday, 21st May 2020, 3:03 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st May 2020, 3:04 pm

Dr Abdel Wahab Babiker, 70, was a consultant physician at Scarborough Hospital, where he had worked since August.

He died on Monday after receiving care in the hospital.

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At 1.30pm tomorrow, staff will gather at the space outside the North entrance at Scarborough Hospital to observe the silence, following social distancing guidelines.

Staff in other hospitals have also been invited to take part at their workplaces.

A book of condolence has been opened in the chapel at Scarborough Hospital and will remain there for the next two weeks.

Dr Ed Smith, Director of Acute, Emergency and Elderly Medicine for Scarborough Hospital, said: “Dr Babiker was an extremely energetic, hard-working, approachable and dedicated doctor. He had a wealth of experience that he brought to bear in caring for our patients.

“He was particularly notable for his ‘can-do’ attitude and supportive nature, and was well liked by patients and staff alike. He will be sorely missed.”

Simon Morritt, Chief Executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of a member of our Scarborough Hospital team, and offer my condolences to Dr Babiker’s family.

"We are making sure that staff have access to any help and support they may need at this difficult time.”