"Thank you for everything, especially my life"

About: Shire Hill Hospital Tameside General Hospital / General surgery

(as the patient),

I collapsed at home and was brought into ward 16 at Tameside general hospital then on to intensive care because my bowel was badly diseased and I had to have it taken out.

I was put on life support twice, and this was a worry for both my family and friends. The staff there were wonderful.

I was put on ward 16 again, ready to get better and to walk once again but it was so hard.

The nurses were wonderful, they have been patient with me, every time I was on the mend, something else would happen e.g high temperature, fluid on lungs, cough drains everywhere whenever I opened up. It was never ending but the nurses were always there for me, I don't know what I would have done if they hadn't been there. I was there for nearly 4 months. They all made it bearable.

As I was about to go into Shire Hill hospital, I had a mild heart attack and was put in for another week. Madness!

I go to Shire Hill tomorrow, I know it sounds stupid but I will miss everyone on this ward. I am a bit afraid to leave this security.

I am honoured to have met doctors that saw to me, I thank them but mostly to Mr Ben A Meda, I thank you for everything, especially my life.

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Response from Philip Dylak, Director of Nursing, Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust

Thank you for posting these kind comments. You have clearly been through a very difficult time at the hospital, but it is good to know you are now well enough to go to Shire Hill Hospital to complete your recovery. I hope all goes well for you there, and I am pleased that you describe the care you received at Tameside Hospital as wonderful. I will make sure the staff of ward 16 (now known as the Surgical Unit) and Mr BenHamida are aware of your comments With every best wish for the future Philip Dylak DIRECTOR OF NURSING Would you like to help the hospital to improve its services further? We are currently looking for patients and carers to become involved in a development called “Patient Stories”. We want to know more about our services from the point of view of those who received them – what was good, bad, what could be improved, what should be changed. Want to know more about what’s involved? Please contact Philip Dylak, Director of Nursing
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