Today my thanks goes to…….. The NHS

QA HospitalNever did I dream that I would be back in hospital again, but that is exactly what happened on June 2nd after being bent over in severe pain for the past 24 hrs it started off as mild abdominal pain and I never gave it much thought thinking it would pass.

That pain got worse as I lie in bed moving more to the right lower side until it became unbearable so I got my wife to use the 101 number for the out of hours surgery which lucky enough was the QA Hospital at Cosham Portsmouth, they rang back and told me to get down there for 6pm and I was given an assessment by the out of hours Doctor.

He diagnosed a burst appendix and immediately phoned the Surgical Assessment Unit 2 floors above to get me admitted that evening so my wonderful wife wheeled me straight there and was taken over to theater at 3:05 in the morning I remember looking at the clock on the ward as my bed was pushed out of the ward which was a nice affair with only 6 beds in.

My appendix was removed, my abdomen was flushed out and was back on the ward in SAU where I was given the most wonderful care which for me was harder for them than most as I was a Stroke Survivor with right sided spasticity.

Nothing was too much trouble for the Surgeon, Consultant, Nursing Staff, Cleaners and Porters who pushed me down to theatre at 3:05 am in the morning indeed they all played their part in my care back to health and I cannot thank them enough because what I had can be a serious condition but luckily thanks to them I was operated on in time.

At a time when the wonderful NHS is taking so much stick from the Government much of which I see as unjust and wrong I thought it was time for some much needed praise because we really do have a wonderful institution with many caring people operating it.

I am home now wounds almost healed and I feel much better with some weight lost too which is no bad thing really although now I can no longer tolerate sugar which my wife finds quiet amazing and not yet fully understood why this is by me.

I was due in urology on the 12th June for another biopsy to keep a check on the Keratinizing Squamous Metaplasia of the bladder I also have but this had to be cancelled and rescheduled when I am fit enough post appendix operation.

NHS Portsmouth from the bottom of my heart I thank you so much.


Have now phoned the QA Hospital to reschedule the bladder biopsy and have a pre-operation assessment this Monday and the Biopsy Wednesday coming.


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