Sunila Chotai (1959–2022)

On 1 May 2022, Sunila Chotai, aged 62 years, of Brighton, East Sussex. Ms Chotai registered with the Society in 1983.


Sunila (known as Suni) Chotai was born in Uganda and lived in Brighton. Suni joined the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 1983, after studying pharmacy at Chelsea College and then obtaining a MSc in biopharmacy in 1984. Suni was one of the earliest community services pharmacists between 1984–1988 and again between 1997–2003. She later worked as a pharmacist inspector for the Commission for Social Care and then for the Care Quality Commission until 2017. Suni had hospital posts at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton (1989–1991) and at Eastbourne District Hospital (1993–1997) and, in recent years, until her retirement in 2019, was working for Sussex Community NHS Trust.

In her spare time, Suni led the Brighton Hindu Women’s group, was an active volunteer at the Brighton Hindu Temple and, until a few weeks ago, was still cooking meals for the Brighton Street Kitchen. She loved life and greatly enjoyed music, dancing, gardening, travelling and being with friends and family. She was devoted to her children Rikesh and Raakhi and her husband Bharat, who she met at Chelsea College and who is a director of Kamsons Pharmacy — a chain of 80 pharmacies throughout England. 

Ravi Vaitha, prescribing lead pharmacist and senior manager for Kamsons Pharmacy, commented: “Suni was an inspirational pharmacist with a wide range of knowledge and experience. She lit up any room she walked into. She had the amazing talent of making everyone feel important and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”

Mark Donaghy

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The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, May 2022, Vol 308, No 7961;308(7961)::DOI:10.1211/PJ.2022.1.143622

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