Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT) and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) are saddened to confirm the death of a member of staff, Reverend Father Doctor Biji Markose Chirathilattu , aged 54, who had tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19).
Father Biji joined PHT in August 2019 and worked part-time at WSHT from June 2019, making a huge contribution at both organisations and working tirelessly as part of the chaplaincy teams to meet the spiritual and religious needs of patients, their loves oned and staff.
Father Biji sadly passed away in Worthing Hospital on 6 May following a short period of illness.
Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Father Biji was very well-known and much-loved across the hospital. Many of us have appreciated his personal support and we are deeply saddened by this news. He was an active member of, and provided much support to, our BAME community.
“On behalf of everyone at the Trust, including our patients and the communities we serve, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to his wife, his three children and his family.”
Dame Marianne Griffiths, Chief Executive of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are all deeply saddened by the death of Rev Fr Dr Biji and our thoughts are very much with his wife, three children and family at this difficult time.
“He was a deeply spiritual man who gave great comfort to patients, as well as his colleagues who were drawn to his charismatic presence. He not only worked incredibly hard for the NHS but was also very active in the community and his church. His loss is felt far and wide and he’ll be greatly missed by us all.”