Tributes to much-loved young South Shields GP Paul Crozier, who died after his own health battle with leukaemia
Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to a much-loved and respected young GP, who has died after a battle with leukaemia.
Dedicated Dr Paul Crozier, 34, a popular figure among patients at the Farnham Medical Centre in South Shields, was diagnosed with the condition in 2019, and underwent a stem cell transplant in February 2020.
Medics said he had appeared to be doing well after the transplant, but sadly the cancer returned last summer and he passed away on March 18, just months after his wedding.
Dr Shaun Sandbach, senior partner at the Stanhope Road practice, said: “Paul always showed incredible enthusiasm, wisdom and kindness.
"We were all so happy for him three months ago when he was able to finally get married. We will all miss him so much, as will his patients, to whom he was so dedicated.”
Paul joined Farnham Medical Centre as a trainee GP in 2014, before joining the team full-time when he qualified in 2016.
He qualified at Newcastle University and initially worked as a trainee GP at Farnham under the supervision of Dr Rachael Gill.
Colleagues said he developed interests in elderly care, palliative care and medical student education during his time at the practice.
Jackie Lambert, business manager at the practice, said: “Paul was always smiling. His enthusiasm for life was infectious, he loved his job first and foremost and it was his greatest wish to get back to work and do what he loved best.
"He never complained about this awful illness and he stayed positive throughout it all. We will miss him deeply.”
Colleagues said Paul was an active supporter of the Anthony Nolan Trust, a charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer or blood disorders, long before he became ill himself.
Doctors and staff at the practice are now planning a charity walk to remember Paul and raise money for the Trust.
Jackie added: "Paul did so much to support the Anthony Nolan Trust that it feels appropriate to remember him by raising funds for the cause he cared so much about. Anyone who would like to donate is welcome to do so using Just Giving at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paulcrozier."