This week’s reader letters feature good care at Pilgrim Hospital and frustration over cyclists.
Big thumbs up for care
While living in such an age of finger pointing and negativity, I feel that it is important to give a positive message where it is deserved.
So a big thumbs up from me for Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.
Upon needing a knee replacement, I was treated to advice and comments such as ‘you’re not going to have it done at Pilgrim, are you?’
Well, yes I did, as I have done with previous operations – and it was the best decision I made.
Right from the beginning of the process, I was impressed at the care and friendliness shown, from the staff at outpatients to pre-op assessment from the nursing staff, anaesthetists, after care and physio teams – they all wanted to do their best to ensure I received tremendous care.
Mr Qadir and his theatre staff were so caring and professional, giving advice and addressing any concerns I had. I felt secure and confident through the whole process. So successful was my operation that, six weeks later, I was able to relocate to Spain for my retirement.
From day one, I have been walking an average of two miles a day.
To all at Pilgrim Hospital, thank you so much.
Cyclists are flouting laws
On at least two occasions in the not-too-distant past, the authorities have announced a crackdown on cyclists riding on pavements and in the precinct area, yet nothing much seems to have changed.
In fact, faced with the problem of enforcing a rule regularly flouted by all and sundry, the authorities have decided to make the footpaths into cycle paths.
For reasons I needn’t bore you with, I have embarked on a programme of diet and exercise to get fitter; exercise that involves a good deal of walking.
Several times last week, I was startled by when a cyclist whizzed past me, a whisker away from my side.
There is no warning – they just flash by .
Avoiding those travelling towards you is relatively easy. You just have to put up with tuts of annoyance if you don’t immediately throw yourself into the nearest garden.
A collision could result in serious injury or even death. Would it not be possible to insist that cyclists either dismount or use a bell to announce their presence so that pedestrians have a moment to check whether it is safe to step into the road to allow passage .
Will it take a death to make hurtling along a footpath at breakneck speed as socially unacceptable as drink-driving or speeding?
Sleaford Road, Boston