About: Hexham General Hospital Wansbeck Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as a service user),

5 years ago I was an inhabitant of Ward1 for 6 months.Sent to Wansbeck for complicated hip surgery I had a "pacer" fitted whilst biopsy reports were pending. developed horrific bed sores (photos taken) and MRSA and sent back to Ward1 until safe to have the op.I received excellent attention and care from everyone,Staff, Medics, Cleaners ,Pet dog,Physios!!!Pharmasists ,Occupational Therapists etc.As I was flat on my back most of the time I appreciated all the care and expertise and humour too. Since then I was on ICU and Ward 2for a short time.. same care and attention. So why this message (having discovered I can send one?) I now attend 2 Clinics, Warfarin,regularly, and every 2 years or so,Orthopaedic. and my comment... seating in the waiting area at Hexham General..I know that a lot of outpatients at those Clinics find it extremely difficult to use those low sofa seats. I know there are a few higher chairs..yesterday only two, and I know others have commented I use 2 sticks to get about and can just manage to get up from the low seats but so many have a real struggle, and many at those clinics are elderly. One could fetch seats from the cafeteria but I don't think that would be popular! This is my only complaint .We are so lucky to have such an excellent hospital ..I owe it so much.

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