"I will never forget them for saving my life!"

About: Wishaw General Hospital / Emergency department Wishaw General Hospital / General Surgery Wishaw General Hospital / Pre Operative Assessment

(as the patient),

3 years ago, I was admitted to Ward 18 as an emergency case with what turned out to be a twisted bowel. This is a major surgical emergency and I was thankfully operated on by Mr. Kasem, consultant surgeon at the time.

Unfortunately I suffered complications 6 weeks later following surgery and was again admitted as an emergency for another more major operation. All in all, I was very ill, and was in hospital for 6 months in all having had a number of problems and setbacks on the way, including colitis.

However, my life was saved due to the fantastic skill of Mr. Kasem and my later care under the equally wonderful Ms. Thornton, all of which happily led to my recovery.

I now write to say I have today had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Kasem again, purely by chance, when I was down at WGH with my wife. I was delighted to see Mr. Kasem again and have to say he is a brilliant surgeon in my view (and an absolute gentleman! ! ). I must also once more thank the wonderful Ms. Thornton for her fantastic skill and care over many months which led to my full recovery. Please let these wonderful surgeons know that I will never forget them for saving my life! !

I also know I have been given a second chance at life and love every minute of it! !

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Response from Andy Pender, Senior Nurse, Emergency Medicine, Wishaw General Hospital

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Dear Alanmc

Thank you very much for getting in touch and for your kind comments in relation to the care and treatment you received whilst under the care of Mr Kasem and Ms Thornton here at Wishaw General Hospital. I am so pleased to hear that you felt that the staff took the time to care for you and provide you the support you needed at such a worrying time for you.

It is always nice to get positive feedback and I will ensure this will be shared across the team at Wishaw General Hospital. I have no doubt they will be delighted by the feedback and in particular those who you have personally named and made reference to.

Thank you once again and best wishes with your ongoing recovery.

Best wishes


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Update posted by Alanmc (the patient)

Dear Andy, thank you very much, I forgot to mention the fantastic nurses who looked after me while I was in Casualty twice and Adult critical care twice. Also the great nursing staff in Wards 16, 17 and 18, they were all very dedicated and caring. I will always give Wishaw General my own personal Gold Star.

Regards, Alanmc