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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.