I would like to put in mine and my husband’s two penneth, regarding the state of affairs at the Pilgrim Hospital.
My husband was recently diagnosed with bowel cancer, and was consequently sent to the Pilgrim for a CT scan, to check size, spread, etc, but the scan was halted midway, after he was found to have an aneurysm on his aorta, which measured 10cm.
He was admitted immediately onto Ward 5b, and had an operation on July 22, followed by a period in intensive care, during which his treatment was exemplary.
He then returned to 5b until he was discharged on August 7.
He was readmitted onto Ward 5a on August 19, and had his operation for the bowel cancer on the 20th, again followed up by a few days in intensive care, before returning to 5a and discharged on August 29.
He still isn’t very strong but the cancer was cleared and he has absolutely no complaints whatsoever regarding how he was treated whilst at the hospital – more like he can’t praise the staff enough.
Since then, I myself have been a patient, on Ward 3a, for a complete knee replacement. I won’t say it was an enjoyable experience, actually it was quite painful, but the doctors and nurses, plus all the health care support workers and physio team, couldn’t have worked harder to make my stay as pleasant as possible, all of them being extremely patient at all times, for which I would like to say a very big thank you!
Let’s hear no more about problems at this wonderful hospital, not amongst the staff anyway. The problems are at management level, not on the wards.
David and Lois Smalley