Thanks all at Salford Royal
WHILE you hear many complaints regarding our wonderful NHS service it is with great admiration and much appreciation of their devotion and expertise together with all the staff at Salford Royal that I am writing this letter today.
On Dec 21 while preparing to watch Sale Sharks I suffered a stroke. Yes I am 70 but up to this point I was healthy and on no medication. My wife instigated the call to the ambulance service, where a very calm and knowledgeable young lady reassured her and stayed on the phone until the ambulance arrived. They were with me within 10 minutes followed swiftly by a paramedic.
My journey to Salford Royal comprised of being assessed, checked over and being made ready for handover to the hospital.
On arrival I was quickly passed into the care of all at the hospital. This seamless transfer also played a part in my recovery later.
I was quickly passed to the operating team who took control of the situation and identified, then operated on my condition. Throughout the whole episode I was fully aware of what was happening although loss of movement in my right leg, arm and a sudden involuntary locking of my jaw was quite disturbing.
I was rather emotional going down for the scan and onwards to the theatre. My biggest fear was I would not be able to speak again.
My last recollection was the anaesthetist saying she was giving me a strong dose of pain killer.
I was woken by the same young lady sometime later and I spoke to her, suddenly realising I could talk. I was also aware that both my leg and arm were functioning properly.
My recovery has been nothing short of a miracle thanks to the speed and expertise of all involved.
My recovery was further aided by all the staff on the ward who made my stay enjoyable due to their dedication.
It is with much support for our health service that I write this: for who, without their sterling efforts I might not have been here today.
Thank you all and keep supporting our NHS.
Joe Parsonage, Sale