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Dark days showed the strength and depth of the NHS team; Yousay IN YOUR OPINION...

PLEASE let me relate the following drama that was instrumental in bringing me to write this letter in praise of the NHS.

Back in January, after four days of experiencing a pain in my left leg that I thought came from stretching while painting my bathroom, I finally faced my GP to inquire on a remedy for this old codger so I could continue my decorating activities and put a smile on the face of my better half.

My GP saw that my left leg had turned red and on taking my blood pressure at 70 over 40, he said the A&E at Heath Hospital was to be my express destination as she had guessed cellulitis had taken hold.

She was kind enough to drive me back home in my car and then request the ambulance.

On arriving at the University Hospital of Wales, I can recall being received in assessment but nothing more until 11 days later when I was woken from my induced coma and moved to a high dependency ward from intensive care.

It would appear that while I was in intensive care, ventilator and kidney support equipment plus a collection of high-tech devices had supported my life functions as the infection had progressed to septicaemia, overwhelming my body.

Those 12 dark days showed the strength and depth of the NHS team to effect a complete recovery to a 70-year-old patient who had one leg in the grave before treatment had commenced.

How fortunate I am that the depth of knowledge held by the clinical and nursing staff, along with the massive investment in electronic life support equipment here, on my doorstep, was so readily available to drag me back into the living world from what might have been an unfortunate statistic.

My rehabilitation, starting with a constant flow of well-wishers in hospital, which was a tonic, is still ongoing some five months later but by kind and sympathetic treatment from nursing, physio, GP staff and leisure centre people, I am well on my way to full mobility.

My better half - Irene - was a rock through those dark sinister days but your team knew the answer to achieving my survival, for which I thank you and them at the NHS for bringing me back to the bright light of day knowing the promises made by Hippocrates and many centuries later Aneurin Bevan still apply today.

Well done the NHS! With my deepest gratitude. And I will be getting somebody in to attend to bathroom decorations in future!

| Rod Delamere Surviving Old Codger, Pontprennau, Cardiff

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 24, 2013
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