"Amazing experience, saved my father's life"
About: The Whittington Hospital The Whittington Hospital London N19 5NF
Ten days ago my 92 year old father was brought to the Whittington A&E by ambulance , critically ill with a chest infection. He suffered a cardiac arrest and the medical team successfully resuscitated him. I arrived shortly after, we all thought we would loose him that night. all our family was with him, all staff could not have been kinder and professional. I am a nurse myself and my daughter is A student nurse, so we're probably tough patient relatives to have. We were taken to a private room on a medical assessment unit . to spend what we believed would be our last night with our beloved William. We sat with him all night, not only did the nurses give him the best clinical care, but they supported us. It's often the little things that make patients feel safe, like body language and clean uniforms, even in the early hours of a long night all the nurses seemed so fresh and attentive. In the morning he opened his eyes and spoke , maybe there was hope after all. It's a very difficult balance caring for someone so ill, too little sedation and they are distressed, too much and it could kill them. Clearly , this was perfectly managed. In the morning the consultant , who remembered my father from previous visits came and spoke to him and shoke his hand. . He was transferred to an elderly care ward , where again he received the best possible care he would could ever hope for. Last night I visited him, I would say he has made a total recovery and we look forward to taking him home soon. I am writing this because I believe in every aspect of life we need to give more thanks to what is good, particularly the NHS , which if we don't support it more , we will loose. I also think it's important that older people feel reassured that not only will they get the best clinical care , but that people will genuinely care for them. My father is 92, he has had an amazing life, his life is difficult, he has very poor mobility and lives in one room, but he enjoys his life, it has quality and he is very loved. The NHS and especially the Whittington gave him a chance to live, to go home and be with his family. I can not thank everyone involved in his care enough .