"I have been a patient here for ..."

About: Royal National Hospital For Rheumatic Diseases

(as the patient),

What I liked

I have been a patient here for 35 years and have always received fantastic treatment from all the staff. As soon as you walk through the door you realise that you are in a very special place that thoroughly understands your disease.The way this hospital listens to you is rare, and you feel that the staff are working with (rather than on) you to control your problems. There is the feel of a united approach, with all the different specialties pulling together. Brilliant!

What could be improved

Reading the medical charity magazines, I know a lot of research was done here in the past and hope fervently that new research will not be sidelined in today's financial squeezing. I read in the press that there is a possible merger with the RUH on the way. I can understand the reasons for this but PLEASE keep the site! It is so much a part of the therapies here and much valued by patients. Develop but don't change.

Anything else?

My heartfelt thanks to all the staff at such an exceptional hospital, for all they have done for me over the years.

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Response from Royal National Hospital For Rheumatic Diseases

Thank you for taking the time to write about the care and treatment you have received and your positive experiences of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases. We are proud of our staff and we will pass on your compliments to them. If anyone reading this message would like to know more about the services at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust they can find out more through the following link: http://www.rnhrd.nhs.uk