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A Heartfelt Thankyou – Cath’s Story

Posted by The Best of Health
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We have never done this before but events this weekend have prompted us to tell a personal story about one of our team here at The Best of Health. Our colleague Cath suffered a bad fall this weekend which was made worse by the fact that she fell on some broken glass.

University Hospital of South ManchesterAccidents aren’t planned, and they can happen to any of us, so when something does happen we would all like to think that we can access the help and care that is needed. Fortunately for Cath this was the case.

Cath cut her hand badly and was losing a lot of blood. She was taken to Salford Hope Hospital Accident & Emergency Department and was seen within minutes. After a quick assessment of her injuries she was swiftly transferred to the University Hospital of South Manchester in Wythenshawe where she received further specialist treatment.

The extent of Cath’s injuries were serious enough for her to need hours of surgery under general anaesthetic this weekend and as we report this story she is still in hospital recuperating from her ordeal. It is too early for any of us to know whether Cath will experience any long term problems caused by her injuries but what Cath has told us about her experience so far is that the staff at both Salford Hope Hospital and the University Hospital of South Manchester were delightful, polite and compassionate.

What this incident has really brought home to us here at The Best of Health is how important the NHS is and what a fantastic service our medical staff offer every day. After a 3 minute wait in A&E, Cath was assessed and transferred within 30 minutes. At each step of the way she was looked after by staff who helped to put her at ease and provide the best possible treatment. This highlights the exceptional level of care offered in an emergency situation by the NHS.

There are too many people involved to name individually, but Cath and the rest of us here at The Best of Health would like to thank the staff of both hospitals, and in particular those at the F1 ward at the University Hospital of South Manchester in Wythenshawe, for the brilliant care that Cath was given.

There are a few things that Cath’s story has really emphasised. Firstly, the NHS is a great safety net for us all when we need it, so we should not take it for granted. We all need to use it responsibly and not unnecessarily clog up A&E departments and other NHS services generally.

Secondly, even when working in difficult conditions coping with high levels of stress and pressure, the level of care provided by many of our NHS staff does not waver. There are many dedicated, well trained and hard-working people within the NHS and we should always be thankful for the jobs that they do, especially if we find ourselves or those close to us in their care.

Lastly, we need to look after the NHS as much as we can so that we can continue to benefit from the fabulous staff and resources on offer. It is scary to imagine what it would be like to need it and not have it. The NHS is a legacy that needs to be passed on to future generations and we all need to do our part to ensure that the NHS is around for many years to come.

On the night when the Oscars were being awarded in Hollywood, we want to say that the NHS staff who were there for Cath when she needed them deserve awards for the work that they do every day. Cath’s story is just one of thousands every day and it highlights just how lucky we are to have the NHS.

We are all wishing Cath a full and speedy recovery, but in the meantime please forgive us for any minor spelling and/or grammar mistakes that appear in the articles we publish. Cath would normally proof read everything we publish but in the circumstances we are missing her diligent eye for detail. Hopefully she will be back with us soon.

We will keep you updated with the situation regarding Cath’s recovery from surgery so please stay tuned for news on her situation.

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