Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I HAVE just ex­pe­ri­enced the best and worst of the NHS.

On the Sun­day be­fore Easter, Mr F woke me to say he needed to get to hos­pi­tal. I di­alled 999, ex­plained he had ag­o­nis­ing stom­ach pain and that we needed help ur­gently.

The op­er­a­tor, af­ter ask­ing sev­eral ques­tions, said to phone 111 and they would re­fer us back if nec­es­sary. What? Af­ter a frus­trat­ing, long, con­ver­sa­tion with 111, I was then told a doc­tor would ring me back within the hour. So... fu­ri­ous and anx­ious... I took Mr F to hos­pi­tal my­self. Ev­ery bump in the road was painful and I was ter­ri­fied of him col­laps­ing. Thank God for Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal. As soon as we ar­rived he was rushed to Re­cus. Ev­ery­one, from the triage nurse, Dr Sushant Goyal who or­gan­ised end­less scans and tests, sur­gi­cal reg­is­trar Dan Cocker and his team, and all the staff in A& E, High De­pen­dency Unit (HDU), and Jer­sey ward, were fan­tas­tic.

They thought it might be a ‘Triple A’ (ab­dom­i­nal aor­tic aneurysm) which could have burst with ter­ri­ble con­se­quences – or an equally alarm­ing per­fo­rated bowel.

An emer­gency op re­vealed a per­fo­rated stom­ach ul­cer which had burst. The 111 doc­tor did ring back. There were sev­eral mes­sages at home when I re­turned 24 hours later. He also called us at 3.30am on my mo­bile at the hos­pi­tal when he apol­o­gised and said he would have ad­vised us to get to A&E.

Mr F didn’t sleep prop­erly for days – and didn’t eat for more than a week. He kept go­ing on sips of wa­ter, a glu­cose drip, oxy­gen and was reg­u­larly mon­i­tored.

As I write, 11 days later, my ‘non-emer­gency’ hus­band is still in Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal: any doc­tors or nurses I have spo­ken to were hor­ri­fied we were re­fused an am­bu­lance. Fisher Ju­nior had ar­rived in Turin, af­ter trav­el­ling over­land for 24hours, when she heard about her dad. She was on her way to meet her hus­band and fam­ily for a ski­ing hol­i­day.

I thought she should know what was hap­pen­ing, but told her not to in­ter­rupt her hol­i­day. She didn’t hes­i­tate but im­me­di­ately turned around and took a train to Paris, stayed overnight and hopped on Eurostar. Now that’s re­ally re­act­ing to an emer­gency …

Email bmail­bar­ AS a Hather­leigh Road res­i­dent who lives op­po­site the green I re­sent the let­ter by your cor­re­spon­dent Pam Stringer (Gazette, April 1).

The res­i­dents of Hather­leigh Road have been sub­ject to anony­mous let­ter writ­ing cam­paign for the past year try­ing to get our chil­dren to stop play­ing on the green.

With the lat­est anony­mous let­ter be­ing a copy of the said news­pa­per ar­ti­cle left on our cars.

We the res­i­dents who live on the green have a great com­mu­nity sprit and it is a won­der­ful fa­cil­ity that our chil­dren have the op­por­tu­nity to “play out­side” in a safe en­vi­ron­ment where in this day and age this is all to of­ten a rar­ity with chil­dren not be­ing al­lowed out­side to play at all. We have this priv­i­leged fa­cil­ity with all the neigh­bours also look­ing out for the chil­dren and this sort of “Bah Hum­bug” let­ter is clearly un­called for and not jus­ti­fied.

There are at least 10 or more fam­i­lies who live on Hather­leigh, Kingswear and Corn­wall roads who reg­u­larly all make use of our patch of green grass to play, they do not play on the road as stated in the let­ter.

But of course they do need to cross the road from time to time. I would ques­tion the speed of the driver who po­ten­tially could be driv­ing to fast for the road and con­di­tions within a res­i­den­tial area all sen­si­ble driv­ers need to an­tic­i­pate all haz­ards at all times within all res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

So maybe go­ing for­ward we will stop re­ceiv­ing anony­mous let­ters and if real res­i­dents have gen­uine con­cerns about chil­dren play­ing on Sun­day 17th May Sun­day 7th June Sun­day 21st June Satur­day 27th June Sun­day 5th July Sun­day 16th Au­gust Sun­day 6th Septem­ber Satur­day 12th Septem­ber Satur­day 7th Novem­ber Satur­day 14th Novem­ber Sun­day 6th De­cem­ber Satur­day 19th De­cem­ber Sun­day 20th De­cem­ber

the green then as civilised hu­man be­ings, I would in­vite you to knock on ALL the doors of all the 10 fam­i­lies for a sen­si­ble dis­cus­sion. LAST week you re­ported that Boris John­son would not ap­pear at the hus­tings on April 26 re­fus­ing for the sec­ond time to ap­pear be­fore his prospec­tive con­stituents.

What is it with this man? His ar­ro­gance and contempt for the peo­ple he is ask­ing to elect him, is be­yond be­lief. Is he so con­ceited that he be­lieves that he can­not lose this elec­tion? Prob­a­bly true, but surely he could have the good man­ners to show some re­spect to the peo­ple he wishes to rep­re­sent. We all recog­nise that his only in­ter­est in win­ning this seat is to fur­ther his own po­lit­i­cal ca­reer and that the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple of Hilling­don have no place in that agenda so if fur­ther proof of that al­le­ga­tion were nec­es­sary he has BA Clubs has a top class en­ter­tain­ment pro­gramme run­ning through­out the year. Our popular cabaret shows fea­ture lead­ing trib­ute acts and bands that pro­mote mu­sic from the 60’s to the cur­rent day. Our events reg­u­larly draw big au­di­ences. ‘Lights, Cam­era ... Ac­tion’ A Cabaret of Songs from the Mu­si­cals Line Dance So­cial – Richard Palmer Fam­ily Fun Day Line Dance Work­shop – Rob Fowler Sum­mer Dance – Ball­room Sec­tion Heathrow Clas­sic Car Show Chil­dren’s Sum­mer Party Line Dance So­cial – Paul Tay­lor Early Au­tumn Dance – Ball­room Sec­tion The Beached Boys Late Au­tumn Dance – Ball­room Sec­tion Chil­dren’s Christ­mas Party Christ­mas Carvery and Disco Line Dance Christ­mas Party sup­plied it. Now we may not be able to pre­vent his elec­tion but we can show our dis­taste, dis­gust and dis­ap­proval and make it clear to him that he is not wanted, by sub­stan­tially re­duc­ing any ma­jor­ity that he may achieve and with luck throw­ing him out al­to­gether. As a Con­ser­va­tive voter of over 60 years I will be do­ing my bit. FRONT page of Uxbridge Gazette, March 25 – ‘Bet­ting shop worker bru­tally beaten up’, Page 2 ‘Raiders smash way into shop dis­play’. Both of the in­ci­dents took place in Hayes Town, in the day­time with shop­pers all around. The prob­lem is Hayes town cen­tre has not got a po­lice of­fi­cer pa­trolling at any­time, the crim­i­nals are free to help them­selves.

A po­lice­man should pa­trol Hayes Town at all times, that will help to stop the crimes from hap­pen­ing.

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