"My wife's journey through terminal breast cancer"

About: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary / General Internal Medicine NHS Grampian

(as a carer),

Every effort was made to support my wife and her wish to remain at home. She was given 2 to 3 months, with a diagnosis of meningeal disease, but made 9 months - she was always willing to prove a man wrong...

I have nothing but praise for the local NHS and Aberdeenshire Council staff - they have all been fantastic, and I have been overwhelmed by the quality of care provided to my wife. In particular, I would single out:

Scott Samuel, my wife's GP at the Ellon practice. The man is a saint in my opinion, and the NHS needs more GPs like Scott.

Jim Humes, my GP - sometimes people forget the partner/carer, but he was great.

Danny and the Ward 15 staff at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Helen, the volunteer on Ward 15.

District Nurses: Lorna and her team at Ellon surgery. Nothing was ever too much trouble

Palliative Care - Dr Gordon Linklater at the hospice, another wonderful man.

Macmillan - Joyce Murray, who has been my personal rock throughout this journey.

Aberdeenshire Council Care staff - Lesley Penny, and the ladies who work for her (Dot, Dian and Susan in the main).

Occupational Therapy: Alison Rodger. We called her 'Q', because she seemed to have a gadget for everything!

All of you - I will be eternally grateful, and if you ever need a favour, you only have to ask!

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Response from Linda Oldroyd, Nurse Consultant Patient Safety and Experience, NHS Grampian

Dear pmouse

Firstly, I must pass on my condolences on the sad loss of your wife. From your brief description, she sounds like a very courageous woman.

NHS Grampian is most grateful to hear your praise for our own and Aberdeenshire's services. We are very pleased to have been able to help you and your wife through a very difficult time.

It is good for staff to know that they are providing a high standard of care, often in trying circumstances and we will make sure that everyone involved in your wife's care knows that you have taken the time to record this postitve feedback.

Please get in touch if you would like to share more of your story. NHS Grampian Person-centred Team can be contacted on 01224 224923.

We hope you are as well as can be expected and once again, please accept our condolences.

Kindest regards

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