First time in my life

For the first time in my life, at the age of 70, I recently had to be admitted via A&E to St Richard’s Hospital for what turned out to be a ten-day stay.

Having listened to some of the urban myths, which say that hospitals are not always good for your health I was a little apprehensive.

From the moment I arrived I received the utmost care.

From the man who washed the floor, twice a day, right up to the consultants who attended me, everyone showed concern for my wellbeing and I lacked nothing.

The staff were cheerful, friendly and professional.

When I needed extra painkillers, usually in the middle of the night, a nurse was at my bedside within seconds of me pressing my call button and administered the necessary relief.

Even the food was varied and palatable.

If St Richard’s is typical of the NHS, we have a lot to be thankful for.

Well done, St Richard’s, you are wonderful.

Patrick Madeley