Another landmark moment last week when, at 50 years and 11 months, I found myself going under the knife at Worthing Hospital for the first time.
Aside from the odd trip to A&E and having experienced various situations with friends and family over the years, this was my first time ever in hospital overnight and there was a fair bit of trepidation on my part.
All misplaced, I have to say, as from my first contact with the admin person at the Downland ward the service I received from Worthing Hospital was second to none.
The health service has, for decades, been a political football, used by not one but all of the major parties to score points and ultimately attract votes.
It’s been much maligned and, on numerous occasions, reports of its demise extensively reported, but I can only speak as I find and Worthing Hospital, on the face of it, has much to be positive about.
It did re-iterate something I had thought a number of years ago, when the hospital was under threat of closure, that this was a classic example of the aforementioned political games.
There was no way they could have even comprehended closing Worthing – it was threat, a scare tactic, but there’s a nothing like a contentious issue to get local hackles up.
Full marks to Tom Wye, Ron Noakes, Sue Cook and others for taking up the fight, ‘saving’ Worthing ultimately let them put houses on prime building land at Southlands, a fact not missed by a large number of local people.
Back to the present and the level of care I received was matched by the overall cleanliness of the hospital and could not have been surpassed – and an extremely nervous patient was put at ease immediately.
Whilst nothing’s perfect, locally we’ve got a lot to be positive about, and Worthing Hospital’s staff and the services they provide certainly falls into that category.
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