“In January 2019 I was taken by a promptly-arriving ambulance to Charing Cross A&E with chest pains, assessed and stabilised, then taken to the Cardiac Unit at the Hammersmith, where I was fitted with a pacemaker.
I developed an intestinal blockage and went to Intensive Care for an induced coma which lasted several days. The blockage was resolved, and I was transferred to the High Dependency Unit. Back in the ward I was incontinent for some days, but the nurses were patient and uncomplaining, sorting things out promptly and efficiently.
At all times when I signalled, day and night, a nurse appeared without much of a wait. My family who visited say they were given clear information about my condition (which was serious, I am now 87) and I am very grateful for everything they did.
While I was in the coma, my wife says I received expert care at every stage, and while coming out of it was treated with kindness and encouragement. My treatment overall was absolutely first class. I was in hospital for 11 days.”