"A stopover to heaven"

My dearest husband Alex had been in Barnsley General for two long traumatic weeks during which time I lost all hope in the NHS. He was sent to Mount Vernon on Christmas Eve 2014 for palliative care. When I went to see him on Christmas morning the awful fear had left his eyes and he smiled, his face lit up when he saw our daughter and husband had arrived in the UK. Alex's care during the last weeks of his life at this hospital on ward 5 was unbelievable, all the staff I am sure will go on to be Angels, the awful time I had spent sitting by Alex bedside in Barnsley faded. Every member of staff we came into contact with, all staff,domestic staff, the lady with the teas, the lady with the water, nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, therapists, sisters , secretarial staff, hospital management worked together to make the last weeks of Alex life more bearable for him but also helped me to come to some sort of terms with this awful sad time. I would like to thank them all for their devotion and love to Alex and all our family. Also to say sorry to the nurse whom I did not recognise on Friday when I saw her out of uniform. The respect shown to each and every patient in that ward was apparent and was at all times the same, I know this because sometimes I went into Alex whilst nurses were assisting other patients behind curtains they did not know I was there, but the care and love was still in their voices. It must not be easy to be part of the caring profession but these people at Mount Vernon could surely show the NHS what it should be about. Thank you with all my heart and I know that Alex would want me to say thank you on his behalf. May God bless you all and keep you in his sight.

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Response from Customer Services Manager, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for your positive feedback. It is always satisfying to read such comments from people who use our services and for our staff to know that their hard work is acknowledged and valued. I will forward your comments on to the service.

Many thanks