On 6 September 2022 the Royal College of Physicians unveiled a sculpture to remember doctors who died having worked in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The memorial was funded by a significant donation from Jerwood Foundation with additional funding from former RCP treasurer Professor Chuka Nwokolo, CBE, FRCP and RCP president Sir Andrew Goddard, FRCP.
The sculpture, Shield Totem by Nicholas Dimbleby, is set in the medicinal gardens of the RCP in London and consists of three cast bronze face masks mounted on a fluted marble base. The ten-foot-high memorial is intended to honour physicians and provide a point of reflection for all those affected by the pandemic. The unveiling was carried out by RCP fellow and chief medical officer for England, Professor Sir Christopher Whitty.
Sir Andrew Goddard said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on all healthcare professions and many members and fellows of the RCP were infected while caring for patients both in the UK and across the globe. This memorial is to remember and honour those physicians who have died but is also intended as a point of reflection for all those affected by the pandemic.”