Thanks all at Sal­ford Royal

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS -

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

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