READER LETTERS: Pilgrim Hospital and Cyclists


This week’s reader letters feature good care at Pilgrim Hospital and frustration over cyclists.

Pilgrim Hospital

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.

Lynda Clark/Gibbons

Malaga, Spain


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?

Leigh Bruerton

Sleaford Road, Boston