Tributes have been paid to Ruben Muñoz, a team member at East Surrey Hospital who passed away on Friday 17 April after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Mr Muñoz, 49, had been a nursing assistant at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust since 2011.
Michael Wilson, chief executive at the trust, said: “Ruben was a highly respected and talented nursing assistant who showed enormous dedication to caring for his patients every time he walked through our doors.
“He was also a much-loved friend to so many people across our hospital and our team are incredibly saddened by his passing.
“All of our thoughts are with Ruben’s family and we have been in touch with them to express our profound sorrow and condolences.”
The family of Mr Muñoz said he was a “good son, a beloved husband and an amazing father to his two children” who was “so proud of his NHS and Woodland Ward family.”
NHS colleagues have set up an appeal to raise funds for his family.
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