"I salute the whole team"

About: University College Hospital / General surgery

(as the patient),

I spent more than 3 months with the crew of the good ship UCH London in ward T9. This is a short review and thank you type of message. I spent most of my time breaking speed records in my trusty wheelchair, (all wards need race tracks!) I arrived there in amazing pain, just had a sort of stroke in my leg. Much effort went into trying to save my pin, but alas, off it came. The staff were there most of the time to look after my constant howling, (very painful clots are). My one only moan is, after the operation, I felt very alone and trapped. It scared me, I can tell you. But I really could’ve done with someone there, as I awoke, or as close as, to spend a little time with me (I think 10 mins would’ve done) a friendly face to set me right. Just to give me situation awareness. I felt very strongly about this to the point of offering my own services. The offer still stands.

Don’t misunderstand me for one minute, OT was there in an instant, physio appeared, all the relevant staff were great in their own spheres. I think I needed a quick counselling session, that’s all.

Anyway, I had a great time there, who could ever know that healing could be fun. Nursing is a serious business and I salute the whole team. I know they all thought I was nuts, but they were good fun too , I’d love to name them all, like Gloria, Sandra or possibly even Karen and Sally, Kirsten, Katie and all of you. (This is the thank you bit) THANKYOU love you all, I had a great time (I raise a glass to the memory of Dan) who passed away next to me the day I left. Cheers to you all. Hasta la vista baby

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