"2 Heart valve repair / replacements & a hole"

About: Derriford Hospital / Cardiology

Admitted on 19 Sept 2016 operation 20 Sept 2016.Bad parts the wait and uncertainty of getting a bed. The tea and the coffee. The good bits EVERYTHING ELSE. The surgeons work must have been good as I was on my feet on day 3 and couldn't wait to get moving. The last time I was in hospital was when I was 7 am now 67 so you can imagine how many gtimes that I had to change my trousers before the operation. I warned the staff to expect the biggest whinger they had ever had as my one allergic reaction was PAIN! This could not have been so wrong. My Consultant managed to repair both valves and the hole so no foreign material. I cannot believe how little pain I had and how quickly I wanted to get walking let alone the staff. I was cared for in a most excellent fashion. The staff are under such pressure yet nothing was too much trouble. I would recommend that Hospital to anybody it was fantastic. Clearbrook Ward to start with Intensive Care &

High Dependency Unit was Torrington then back to the ward.Admitted Monday Discharged Sunday and I walked from the ward to the car park where we had my son waiting. Still waiting for my sign off papers 6 to 8 weeks from discharge but everything is going well. Must be careful not to do too much as it was still major surgery.

The food by the way was very hot and tasty. The trouble is that your appitite diminishes because of where you are and lack of exercise. When my wife and I planned for this operation we both thought that I would be an invalid for 3 weeks plus. Nothing like 17 days after op I prepared and cooked a meal she lifted all the pans and as we teach Ballroom dancing we have been able to sit and plan lessons. To me Derriford Hospital and the team who cared for me from Consultant to the cleaners are definately the A team.

Thank you one and all.

Regards Graham Harris

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Response from Claire Jukes, Patient Experience Support, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dear Graham

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience of the care you received from our Cardiac Care team. It was great to read your pain was managed so well and you were up and out of bed so quickly even managing to walk across the car park to meet your son. Comments of support and thanks are so important to our staff and I know they will be very grateful to read your positive comments.

I'd like to try and sort the issue of your discharge paperwork and would be very grateful if you could email through your details to plh-tr.PALS@nhs.net so we can get this resolved for you.

I hope you are recovering well at home and will soon be back teaching your ballroom dancing lessons.

With best wishes

Claire Jukes

Patient Services Support Manager

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