"Nothing should be changed"

About: Workington Community Hospital

(as the patient),

When I first arrived at the rehabilitation unit feeling very apprehensive, I was greeted by the sister Pat who made me feel very welcomed as did the rest of the staff. The other patients were about my age 70 and over with different disabilities and everyone was well cared for. We have exercises with the staff guiding us. We have individual physio with Linda the therapist and her apprentice. We have done lots of games and quips and everyone joins in, it’s like a little family. Like a club we prepare veg for soup and pre Christmas we made 2 large cakes (just the preparation) we also made cards and calendars. When it’s time to go home is the worst bit. Nothing should be changed the group has a good routine which makes a difference.

Another of the best bits are when ‘my transport’ arrives especially for me and sometimes picks up a friend and then a new one. After being stuck into my home for a while and only going out to doctors visits, I find my visits to the hospital are like an escape, which means I have to get up wash and dress rather than just not to bother and slop around in my dressing gown. I am very grateful for being included in the group of caring people.

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Response from NHS Cumbria

Thank you for your thoughtful comments regarding your ongoing experince of Workington Community Hospital.

It is extremely gratifying to receive comments such as yours and it is a tribute to the caring concern and skill of the individual members of staff who work at the rehabilitation unit, and I know they will appreciate them.

I have also forwarded your comments on to the General Manager of the Hospital so that your kind words can be shared with the staff.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to write to us.

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