Tributes to a Dorset GP who died after fighting COVID-19

Tributes to a Dorset GP who died after fighting COVID-19

Published by Helen Down at 12:57pm 25th April 2020.

Dr Craig Wakeham's been described as a 'champion for rural general practice'.

Colleagues of the Cerne Abbas GP have been paying tribute following his death last week.

In a statement posted on the Dorchester surgery's website after passed away Dr Jeremy Dobbs & Dr Jenny Bubb said:

"We are very saddened to inform our patients that Dr Wakeham died at the weekend. He had been fighting the Coronavirus in Dorset County Hospital for many days.

"His industry and innovation led our practice for 30 years. He was also a leading light in both the Clinical Commissioning Group and Local Medical Committee, as well as a devoted husband and father to his two boys.

"His legacy lives on in our patients who he cared for diligently, and in the good name he built for our surgery."

Dr Craig Wakeham was also the Chief Clinical Information Officer of NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.

In a statement the CCG said:

"We are all deeply saddened to have lost a valued and committed colleague and friend.

"Craig was a champion for rural general practice and a pioneer for integrated nursing teams, having lived and worked as a much-loved GP in Cerne Abbas for many years.

"Craig was passionate about working with local people to improve services for them and was well known for his frequent challenges to us all on their behalf.

"He was highly respected and liked by everyone that knew him.  He has held a number of key clinical leadership roles across Dorset over many years, most recently supporting the CCG since it formed in 2013.

"He has also been instrumental in the advance of digital clinical information across Dorset which has been extremely useful at the present time.

"On behalf of the CCG and his many general practice colleagues, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Craig’s family. 

" Our thoughts are with them, his friends and colleagues at this extremely difficult time."