A DOCTOR at Great Western Hospital has died after testing positive for Covid-19. 

Dr Thaung Htaik was a consultant in general medicine at the hospital and died earlier this week at the age of 65.

He is survived by his wife, four children, and three grandchildren.

His family released a statement, they said: “Thaung was a beloved husband, father and grand-father who we will miss greatly. He always put others first and we know just how committed he was to looking after his patients both at this difficult time and throughout his career. We would personally like to thank everyone who worked with Thaung, and also everyone who looked after him so well while he was in hospital.”

The Chief Executive Kevin McNamara of GWH released a statement. 

He said: “It gives me great sadness to announce the death of a member of our GWH family.

“Dr Thaung Htaik, a consultant in general medicine died earlier this week, having tested positive for COVID-19.

“Dr Htaik, who was 65, had worked with us since January 2019 and was a universally well-liked member of the team, who was known for his unwavering dedication to his patients, positive attitude, and willingness to help.

“On behalf of the whole Trust, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Thaung’s family. Our thoughts are with them, and his friends and colleagues at the Trust. We ask that their privacy is respected at this extremely difficult time.”

He is the second doctor at the hospital to have died after testing positive for coronavirus

Dr Edmond Adedeji who was being cared for in the intensive care unit died on April 8 at the age of 62.