"Palliative care in the Leigh ward"

About: East Surrey Hospital / Older people's healthcare

(as a relative),

In late May 2013, my mother was treated in the Leigh ward after a partial hip replacement necessitated by a fall at her home. I was able to visit her from Canada a few days before her death in early June and my wife and I spent quite a bit of time as visitors on Leigh.

We were most impressed and grateful for the kindness and professional care extended to my mother. The room and linens were pristine and she was kept clean and as comfortable as possible. Every time we arrived she was resting in a well made bed with her hair brushed and looking cared for. She was afforded the opportunity to exit the world in a dignified and appropriate way.

While all the staff were friendly and respectful, we were particularly appreciative of senior nurses Teresa Davies and Elizabeth (whose last name I do not know). We hope that our daughter, who is just entering nursing, can demonstrate the same professional efficiency without losing the compassionate touch. These nurses seemed to have those things in balance.

Thank you to all the staff on Leigh that cared for my mother.

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Response from Eloise Clarke, Communications Manager, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Dear 'Bob in North bay'

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a comment. I have passed on your words to the staff on Leigh. I am sorry to hear your mother passed away but I am pleased she did so comfortably and with dignity.

I am pleased to hear your daughter is entering the nursing profession - will that be in the UK or Canada?

Best wishes,


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