A gifted eye doctor based at Croydon University hospital has died after a month long battle with coronavirus.

Dr Paul Kabasele, 58, worked for the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at its Croydon Hospital site for a decade. The ophthalmologist treated patients with a range of conditions including glaucoma and uveitis as well as providing urgent care. Much loved by his patients and colleagues alike, Paul provided an exceptional level of care to his patients, thanks to his warm, reassuring and generous nature.

Alongside his vital NHS contribution, Paul also worked tirelessly to improve the eye health of people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), his home country.

Paul was a dedicated church pastor for over 30 years, providing support to those in his local community and in the DRC.

David Probert, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital, said: “Paul was a much-loved member of the Moorfields family. Through the past decade, he provided an exceptional level of care to his patients.

“He was incredibly hardworking, kind, gentle and a joy to work with. He will be sorely missed by many and his death is a huge loss to us all. Our thoughts are with Paul’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult and heart-breaking time.”