A doctor who worked in Grantham for more than 30 years has died suddenly at the age of 59.
Dr Mukesh Patel was a senior partner at the Vine House surgery in Vine Street. He joined the practice in 1984 as a trainee and remained there throughout his career.
Dr Patel fell ill after a cardiac arrest two weeks ago in London as he was about to go on holiday. He was recovering in hospital but his condition then deteriorated and he died last Friday.
A partner at the surgery, Dr David Baker said Dr Patel’s death had come as a shock to all the staff as it was so unexpected.
Dr Baker said: “He was working the day it happened. He was going to go on holiday and he collapsed in London. I have known him 23 years since I joined as a trainee in 1992. He was a close friend. It is very sad.
“He was well known in the town. He had 2,000 patients so over the years he must have looked after thousands and thousands of people.”
Dr Patel lived in Swinegate near the surgery for about 20 years before moving to Loughborough where his children went to school.
He was married to Kamini and they have a son and a daughter who are now in their twenties. Dr Patel liked sport and followed the England and Indian cricket teams.
A patient of Dr Patel’s paid tribute to him. She said: “He diagnosed my dad with heamacromatosis after weeks of him being really poorly. He helped me through my depression breakdown and he has helped my mum with her health problems too. He was a wonderful man and a wonderful doctor and will be sadly missed.”
A book of condolence has been opened at the surgery. Donations are being collected for the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery where Dr Patel died.