27 April 2020

Long-serving ward manager at London mental health centre dies

27 April 2020

One of the longest-serving members of staff at a mental health centre in London has died after contracting Covid-19.

Andy Costa devoted 26 years to the NHS, most recently working as a ward manager at Highgate Mental Health Centre in north London.

Mr Costa died on April 9.

The NHS trust paid tribute to his “diligence and loyalty”.

Andy’s 26 years of diligence and loyalty to Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust were honoured with a long service award only last summer at a special tea party

A spokeswoman for the trust said: “Andy was a highly respected, conscientious and long-serving colleague who had worked at Highgate Mental Health Centre since it opened 15 years ago.”

Prior to that, Mr Costa had worked on Elizabeth Torrance Ward in the nearby Waterlow Unit.

The spokeswoman added: “Andy’s 26 years of diligence and loyalty to Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust were honoured with a long service award only last summer at a special tea party at the Irish Centre in Camden.

“Andy will be very much missed by us all, especially by his many colleagues and friends in the ward, administration and domestic staff areas at Highgate Mental Health Centre.

“Our deepest sympathies go to his family and friends.”

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