It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our friend and colleague Dr Richard Harding.
Richard arrived in Whangarei in the Autumn of 2016 and quickly established himself as an integral part of both the ICU and Anaesthetic department. He brought a wealth of experience with him from the UK and this proved to be of great benefit to both the unit and the hospital as a whole.
Richard and I were employed at the same time, though Richard started working in Whangarei 6 months before me. He was a great support when I started to practice in NZ and helped make the transition from the UK much easier for me.
He was a great intensivist, unflappable in challenging clinical situations and always ready to give advice or support. His experience working as the clinical lead for ICU at Hereford and his time spent working in the ICU at the QE in Birmingham, were great assets to Whangarei ICU.
He will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts are with his wife, children and the rest of his family at this difficult time.
Dr Dan Owens