I want to share the incredibly sad news that a member of our staff in East Sussex, Wilbald Tesha (known as Tesha) died recently in hospital as a result of Covid-19.
My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues in Eastbourne at this incredibly difficult time.
I have heard many, many wonderful things about Tesha and what a kind, caring and compassionate nurse he was – a good friend to many and someone who would do anything to help another. I know he will be dearly missed and over the days and weeks ahead we will do all we can to support his family, friends and colleagues.
I do not under estimate the impact of his loss across the teams in East Sussex, particularly all who worked with him in Eastbourne and on the many patients Tesha will have come to know over his many years in the service. I know our psychology team has been in touch with colleagues in East Sussex to discuss immediate support needs. We are of course all here to support our colleagues who knew him well, both as a colleague and a friend.
I have made contact with Tesha’s family and will continue to discuss with them and staff who knew him well how we can acknowledge Tesha’s significant contribution to the NHS, local services and his support to his community in Tanzania and the charity he was involved in.
I have also spoken with Dr Adrian Bull, Chief Executive of Eastbourne Hospital, to convey our heartfelt thanks to all the clinical staff who cared for Tesha.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you continue to do during this difficult time on behalf of the patients, families, carers and local communities we serve.
Tesha was a valued member of our team who worked within the NHS for almost 30 years. I know many of you will have known and worked with him closely during that time, and that this news must be so very sad and upsetting for you. If you would like to share your condolences, a memory or best wishes with Tesha's family please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure these are passed on.
Please remember to look after yourself and each other, and do seek support if you need it.