It is with enormous sadness that the Royal College of Physicians announces the death from COVID-19 of its Registrar, Professor Donal O’Donoghue.
Professor O’Donoghue died peacefully last night on the critical care unit of Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, where he was cared for over the past two weeks, having become unwell in mid-December.
RCP President Professor Andrew Goddard said: “Words cannot express how sad this has made all of us at the RCP. Donal was the loveliest person and considered by many to be the 'big daddy' of British renal medicine. He was my friend, my wingman and my confidant. I will miss him terribly.
“All our thoughts and prayers go to Donal's family at this time. We are also indebted to the team at Stepping Hill for all they did in their care for him.”
Thank you to the Renal Association for creating a memorial website for Donal. Fellows, members, colleagues, family and friends can share their memories here.
For anyone wanting to donate to continue his efforts to support kidney patients and their families, Donal’s family have chosen the charity Kidney Care UK.
Read more about Professor Donal O'Donoghue's contribution to medicine here.