Saved from chok­ing by su­perb team

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Given the ad­verse pub­lic­ity lev­elled at Lorn and Is­lands Hos­pi­tal in Oban re­cently, I though you might wel­come a let­ter of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

My hus­band, who is a sur­vivor of oral can­cer, re­lies on mouth swabs to clear de­tri­tus from his mouth as he had no swal­low­ing re­flex. Th­ese are small sticks with a sponge tip.

One night re­cently at 2.30am, he woke me to say a sponge tip had lodged in his throat and he was in dan­ger of chok­ing. I tele­phoned for an am­bu­lance but none was avail­able.

I there­fore drove him to A&E and, as we turned in, he be­gan to choke. How­ever, we were seen im­me­di­ately by the staff, who called a clin­i­cian who was there in less than five min­utes, and re­moved the ob­struc­tion with dex­ter­ity – and good hu­mour.

We are in­debted to the hos­pi­tal staff who un­doubt­edly re­solved a sit­u­a­tion which could have ended in tragedy. Su­sana Gar­land, Kilmore.

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