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A tribute to Dr Krishnan Subramanian

Dr Krishnan Subramanian

It is with deep sadness we announce that University Hospitals of Derby and Burton has lost a dedicated and committed colleague this week to Covid-19. 

Dr Krishnan Subramanian, a Consultant Anaesthetist here at Royal Derby Hospital, sadly passed away yesterday (Thursday 12 November 2020) at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. 

Krishnan joined the Trust at the beginning of 2014 as a Consultant Anaesthetist. He had previously worked at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, and trained at hospitals across the East Midlands earlier in his career, including in Derby. 

Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive, said: “This is a very sad day for the UHDB family. Krishnan was a hugely valued member of the team who had worked tirelessly this year to support those who needed care. Our thoughts are with his family at this time and I would like to offer our sincere condolences to them on behalf of everyone at UHDB. 

“Our Anaesthetics and Theatres teams have worked incredibly hard this year in creating additional capacity for patients and staffing intensive care areas. For them to lose Krishnan in this way is heart-breaking and we will be doing everything to support the teams over the days and weeks to come. Losing Krishnan will undoubtedly impact on all of our staff and we have made sure that support, such as counselling, is available to all of them. 

“Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank colleagues at University Hospitals of Leicester for the care they have given to Krishnan and his family, it is appreciated by everyone at UHDB.” 

Dr John Williams, Clinical Director of Anaesthetics and Theatres, said: “Krishnan was a quiet and dedicated colleague. Hugely committed to his work, he stood out for his tireless patience with trainee doctors, for his professionalism and for his characteristic grin. He was a calm and reliable presence in what is often a busy working environment and I know many colleagues valued the qualities he brought to the role. 

“He came here in his first consultant post and in the subsequent six years went on to lead some innovative anaesthetic techniques, presenting nationally and internationally his work on anaesthesia for breast surgery.  

“Away from work he was a devoted family man and a man whose faith meant a lot to him. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Dr Kathy McLean, Chair, said: “On behalf of the Board and Governors and the communities we serve I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Dr Krishnan Subramanian’s family. Dr Subramanian was a committed consultant who took huge pride in his work and will be greatly missed. This is a very sad day for the UHDB family and our thoughts are with his close colleagues, who will be here today continuing to provide care for those who need us.” 

A minute’s silence to remember Krishnan will be held at the Main Entrance of Royal Derby Hospital at 11am on Monday 16 November 2020.