"My care in the NHS after bike accidents"

About: Nuffield Health, Haywards Heath Hospital Royal Sussex County Hospital / Accident and emergency Royal Sussex County Hospital / General surgery

(as the patient),

3 years ago, as a keen BMX freestyle rider, my bike was pretty much the most important thing to me. I had an accident which involved my ACL tearing and my meniscus trimming.

The staff at Royal Sussex County Hospital were quick to realise the damage done, and promptly gave me medical attention and within a few months, eventual repair.

A year later, I was riding again, but I crashed into another beginner rider. This tore my meniscus again. I immediately returned to the RSCH and saw the orthopaedic specialist. He gave me the option of having surgery within the hour. I was incredibly impressed, but declined and requested the next day so I can let work and college know. The operation was a success, and within 4 weeks I was riding my beloved bike again. It was also the time when I realised how precious the NHS is, and how grateful I am for all those who work for it.

It then hit me, I wish to become a doctor, and pursue a career in orthopaedics within the NHS. This September, I'll attending London South Bank University to study Adult nursing then back to Brighton and Sussex medical school to do post-grad medicine.

I know those nurses, doctors and anaesthetists (and anyone else involved in my medical experience) will most likely read this. But thank you, you were incredible, and make me proud of our system in which everyone receives medical attention free at the point of delivery, but also; you helped me come to a decision as to what I want to do, which is help people, like you helped me.

And a thank you to everyone who works in the NHS, and to the person(s) reading this. You are the NHS, and we the people of Britain look up to your compassion.

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